Aníbal Fernández

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Aníbal Fernández
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Senator
for Buenos Aires
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 December 2011
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina
In office
8 July 2009 – 10 December 2011
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded by Sergio Massa
Succeeded by Juan Manuel Abal Medina
Minister of Justice
In office
10 December 2007 – 8 July 2009
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded by Alberto Iribarne
Succeeded by Julio Alak
Minister of the Interior
In office
25 May 2003 – 10 December 2007
President Néstor Kirchner
Preceded by Jorge Matzkin
Succeeded by Florencio Randazzo
Minister of Production
In office
2 October 2002 – 25 May 2003
President Eduardo Duhalde
Preceded by José Ignacio de Mendiguren
Succeeded by None. Office abolished.
Débora Giorgi (Since 2008)
Personal details
Born (1957-01-09) 9 January 1957 (age 57)
Quilmes, Argentina
Political party Front for Victory
Justicialist Party
Alma mater National University of Lomas de Zamora

Aníbal Domingo Fernández (born January 9, 1957) is an Argentine Justicialist Party politician, who served as Interior Minister for President Néstor Kirchner, Minister of Justice for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and was the President's Cabinet Chief from 2009 to 2011.

Biography[edit]

Born in Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Fernández obtained degrees in accountancy and law. He entered public service, working for the municipalities of Quilmes Partido and Florencio Varela Partido from 1983. He worked from 1985 to 1991 in an administrative capacity for the Peronist caucus in the Senate of the Province of Buenos Aires.

In 1991, Fernández was elected Mayor of Quilmes. In 1995 he became a provincial senator and chaired the Public Health committee. He won the award for best senator in 1996. In June 1997 he was appointed to assist the province's Minister of Government and Justice, Dr. José María Díaz Bancalari. In December 1999, Governor Carlos Ruckauf made him Secretary of Labour, promoting him to be the province's first Minister of Labour in 2001.

In January 2002, the then-President of Argentina Eduardo Duhalde appointed Fernández as General Secretary of the Presidency in the national cabinet, and moved him to be Minister of Production in October 2002. In 2003 Kirchner appointed him Interior Minister.

Following the scandal of infant malnutrition in Tucumán in November 2002, Fernández famously stated that this was caused by "a sick society and a ruling class that are sons of bitches, all of them."[1]

Fernández is married with one son and is a passionate fan of Quilmes Atlético football club. He is the president of the Jauretche Institute, named for the local 20th-century pro-development activist Arturo Jauretche.

He was believed to be planning to run for Governor of Buenos Aires Province in the 2007 elections, but his party (Front for Victory) chose Daniel Scioli instead. New President Cristina Kirchner reappointed him to her cabinet following her inauguration in December 2007.

Following the ruling Front for Victory's defeat in the June 28, 2009, mid-term elections, Fernández was tapped to replace Cabinet Chief Sergio Massa, who tendered his resignation to the President, effective July 7.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eduardo Camaño
Mayor of Quilmes
1991–1995
Succeeded by
Federico Scarabino
Preceded by
Jorge Matzkin
Minister of the Interior
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Florencio Randazzo
Preceded by
Alberto Iribarne
Minister of Justice
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Julio Alak
Preceded by
Sergio Massa
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Abal Medina