Gabriela Michetti

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Gabriela Michetti
National Deputy
from Buenos Aires
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 10, 2009
Deputy Head of Government of Buenos Aires
In office
December 10, 2007 – April 20, 2009
Preceded by Jorge Telerman
Succeeded by María Eugenia Vidal
Personal details
Born (1965-05-28) May 28, 1965 (age 49)
Laprida, Buenos Aires Province
Political party Republican Proposal
Alma mater Universidad del Salvador
Profession International relations lawyer

Marta Gabriela Michetti (born May 28, 1965) is an Argentine politician. She is a member of the Commitment to Change party, part of the Republican Proposal (PRO) coalition. Michetti was Deputy Head of Government in Buenos Aires during the tenure of Mayor Mauricio Macri.

Biography[edit]

Marta Michetti was born in 1965 in the Buenos Aires Province town of Laprida. She earned a degree in International Relations at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, in 1988.[1] Michetti entered public service in 1989 in the Province of Buenos Aires, and the following year joined the executive staff as a technical adviser at the Argentine Ministry of Economy. Although employed as a professional rather than as a politician, Michetti was political, working through her church on social projects and becoming close to Carlos Auyero of the Christian Democratic Party and FrePaSo.[2]

A car accident in 1994 in which she was seriously injured left her in a wheelchair.[2]

Michetti joined the Commitment to Change party led by Mauricio Macri in 2003. The party became part of the PRO movement, and she was elected that year to the Buenos Aires City Legislature, where she led the Commitment to Change caucus.[1] Michetti gained recognition in 2006 while leading the inquiry committee looking into alleged negligence after a fire at the República Cromagnon nightclub led to the deaths of 194 people. The scandal led to the resignation of Aníbal Ibarra, then Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires.

Michetti was nominated as running mate for Mauricio Macri in 2007,[2] and the ticket resulted elected to office of Mayor and Vice Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires with 61% of the vote, defeating Daniel Filmus and Carlos Heller of the Front for Victory.[3] Michetti thus became the first woman elected Deputy Mayor of Buenos Aires. She directed two planning committees, Programa Puertas del Bicentenario and the Consejo de Planeamiento Estratégico, and drew from her personal tragedy to lead the newly created Commission for the Inclusion and Full Participation of Persons with Disabilities (COPIDIS).

Ahead of the 2009 elections for Congress, Michetti's name was frequently mentioned as a likely candidate for National Deputy, despite serving less than two years in municipal government. By April, her candidature appeared less likely given the manoeuvres of all the main parties.[4] Much had also been made of her friendship with the leader of the rival Civic Coalition, Elisa Carrió. However, on April 20, Michetti resigned as Deputy Head of Government and confirmed that she would lead the PRO list for Buenos Aires for national deputies.[5]

Michetti also collaborates with many NGOs to make possible for them to achieve their goals. In 2008 and 2009, for example she participated in the South American Business Forum as Speaker.

Michetti has one son and had a long relationship with the journalist Eduardo Cura.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Biography of Gabriela Michetti, Buenos Aires City Government. Accessed 10 April 2009
  2. ^ a b c d Macri eligió a Michetti para su fórmula porteña, La Nación, 13 March 2007. Accessed 11 April 2009.
  3. ^ Se duplicó el voto en blanco, La Nación, 24 June 2007.
  4. ^ La candidatura de Michetti ahora se puso "en análisis", La Nación, 10 April 2009.
  5. ^ Michetti renunció para ser candidata, La Nación, 21 April 2009.