All ministers to be evaluated after Ley Bases, Milei says

The president said the performance review will happen regardless of whether the bill is passed or not, opening the door to potential changes in his cabinet

President Milei giving a speech. Credit: Mariano Fuchila

The approval or rejection of the Ley Bases will mark the first milestone of the government and demand a performance review of all ministers, President Javier Milei said on Thursday, seemingly opening the door to potential changes in his cabinet. 

The president spoke about the minister’s situation in response to a question regarding the status of Chief of Staff Nicolás Posse. Posse is rumored to be on his way out after he was not seen at the Luna Park stadium for the presentation of Milei’s book on Wednesday.  

“We will make an assessment of the government’s performance up to this point and all ministers will be evaluated, not just Posse,” Milei stated in an interview on the LN+ media outlet. The Ley Bases, also known as the omnibus bill, is currently being debated in the Senate with no definitive timeline as to when there will be a vote.

The Senate can either reject the bill, approve it as is, or introduce changes. This would mean that the modified bill would go back to the Lower House, where the deputies would debate and later vote to pass or reject the changes. 

“Once everything has been analyzed, we will change the things that didn’t work and keep the ones that did. There’s no mystery,” he added. 

The president also delved into possible new additions to his team, saying that the potential approval of the bill could mean that its author, economist Federico Sturzenneger, could become a minister for what Milei called the “second stage” of his administration. He did not clarify what ministry Sturzenneger, who is currently considered an external advisor, would occupy. 

During the interview, Milei once again gave his version of the recent incident with Spanish President Pedro Sánchez that has escalated to a full diplomatic crisis. On Tuesday, Spain decided to withdraw its ambassador to Argentina after Milei refused to apologize for calling Sanchez’s wife “corrupt.”

“He attacked me in every possible way, and when I responded in an abstract manner, he felt I was talking about him and used the full power of the state to respond, damaging the beautiful relationship that the people of Argentina and Spain have,” he said.


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