BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s new Cabinet chief, Anibal Fernandez, confirmed on Friday that he will seek the ruling party’s presidential nomination in the August primary.
“I am a candidate and I have all the vocation to be a candidate,” Fernandez told the media.
Fernandez, who until Thursday was chief of staff to President Cristina Fernandez (no relation), replaced Jorge Capitanich as Cabinet chief.
Anibal Fernandez served earlier as Cabinet chief in 2009-2011, during President Fernandez’s first administration, but left the position to run for a Senate seat.
Other ruling-party leaders who have announced their presidential aspirations include the governor of Buenos Aires province, Daniel Scioli; Interior and Transportation Minister Florencio Randazzo, Defense Minister Agustin Rossi, the speaker of the lower house of Congress, Julian Dominguez, and Entre Rios Gov. Sergio Urribarri.
The presidential election is set for October.