Argentine Economy Minister to Be Fired Just Weeks After Starting Job

Argentine President Alberto Fernández is poised to fire the newly-appointed Economy Minister Silvina Batakis after only weeks on the job.

Citing official sources, the Argentine newspaper Clarin reported that Sergio Massa, the speaker of the lower house of Congress, will take Batakis’ place.

However, Massa took to Twitter to confirm that he has yet to receive any offers and said that “many rumors” have been spreading regarding his alleged appointment.

“I see many rumors and versions. I didn’t have any offer and I just agreed to chat with the president about the work agenda between Friday and Saturday,” said Massa. 

Batakis replaced his predecessor Martin Guzman after he resigned this month,  reportedly due to the looming economic crisis in Argentina. 

The ministerial position change comes as Batakis returns to Buenos Aires from Washington following a series of high-level financial discussions with investors, lenders, and American officials.

Clarin reported that Batakis kept in contact with Massa during her trip to the United States, and allegedly said that Massa and Fernandez can “work together without a problem.”

Batakis is reportedly set to meet with Fernandez tonight to discuss the process of her removal from the position.

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