In an unexpected turn of events, Patricia Bullrich, a seasoned political figure, has been appointed as the Minister of Security for the incoming government of President-elect Javier Milei. This decision has further strained Bullrich's relationship with Mauricio Macri, the former president, as he was excluded from the negotiation process.
The President-elect is set to officially assume office on December 10, marking a new era in Argentina's political landscape.
A Return to the Helm
This appointment marks Bullrich's second term as the Minister of Security, having previously served in the same capacity during the Cambiemos government from 2015 to 2019. Known for her firm stance on law and order, Bullrich has already outlined her approach for the upcoming term. A significant part of her strategy includes advocating for a new juvenile criminal regime, a topic she had championed during her previous tenure with the support of then-Justice Minister Germán Garavano.
Commitment to Law and Order
Guillermo Francos, the future Minister of the Interior, reinforced the new government's commitment to law and order. In a statement, he promised a relentless fight against crime and drug trafficking, echoing Bullrich's sentiments. These announcements followed a meeting between Milei and Bullrich, where they discussed a roadmap for the upcoming years. Bullrich has also been in contact with provincial security ministers, reinforcing her stance on tougher penalties for juvenile offenders.
Support and Sidelining
Despite Bullrich's strained relationship with Macri, several governor-elects from various provinces, such as Ignacio Torres from Chubut and Maximiliano Pullaro from Santa Fe, have expressed their support for her. Macri, despite being sidelined, congratulated Bullrich on her appointment. However, he highlighted the independence of Milei's decision-making, hinting at the shift away from his influence in the political landscape. Milei's choices, including the appointment of Bullrich and Toto Caputo for the Ministry of Economy, indeed signal a new political direction for Argentina that seems to be distancing itself from Macri's era.