Gabriela Michetti

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The Honourable
Gabriela Michetti
Michetti.jpg
Vice President of Argentina
Assumed office
10 December 2015
President Mauricio Macri
Preceded by Amado Boudou
National Senator of Argentina
from Buenos Aires
In office
December 10, 2013 – February 11, 2016
National Deputy
from Buenos Aires
In office
December 10, 2009 – December 9, 2013
Deputy Mayor
of the City 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 52)
Laprida, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Political party Republican Proposal
Alma mater Universidad del Salvador
Profession International relations lawyer

Marta Gabriela Michetti Illia (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmarta ɣaˈβɾjela miˈketi]; born May 28, 1965) is an Argentine politician and current Vice President of Argentina since December 10, 2015.[1] She is the second woman to serve as Vice President of Argentina after Isabel Martínez de Perón.

Michetti is member of the Republican Proposal (PRO) and Cambiemos (Let's change) coalition. She was Deputy Head of Government in Buenos Aires from 2009 to 2013 during the first tenure of Mayor Mauricio Macri and served as Senator for Buenos Aires since 2013 to 2016.

She is great-grandniece of former President of Argentina, Dr. Arturo Illia.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Marta Gabriela Michetti Illia[4] 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.[5] She completed a master's degree in Business Management and Integration in the UCES between 1993-1994 plus a specialization course on dispute settlement in the WTO, in Geneva, Switzerland in 2000; and a career specialization in University Management at the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2001.[6]

Political career[edit]

Municipal[edit]

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.[7]

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.[5] 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 Buenos Aires.

Michetti was nominated as running mate for Mauricio Macri in 2007,[7] 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.[8] Michetti thus became the first woman elected Deputy Mayor of Buenos Aires. She directed two planning committees, Programa Puertas del Bicentenario[9] 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).[10]

Michetti taking office as Vice President of Argentina in the Argentine National Congress, December 2015.

Legislative[edit]

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.[11] 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.[12]

Vice presidency[edit]

She rejected to run for vice president under Macri in the 2015 national elections, and tried to run for mayor of Buenos Aires instead. Horacio Rodríguez Larreta defeated her during the primary elections, and would run for the Republican Proposal instead. Finally, she ran for vice president under Macri in 2015.

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 with Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani in Qatar, 2016

On November 22, 2015, after Cambiemos won the first ballotage in Argentina's history, Michetti became Vice President-elect of Argentina. She took office on December 10, 2015.[1][13][14]

Michetti being received by the Vice-President of Brazil, Michel Temer in the Itamaraty Palace, Brasilia.

Inauguration[edit]

Michetti took office on 10 December 2015, along with President-elect Mauricio Macri, taking an oath before the President. Then the President, delivered a speech of 27 minutes in which he pledged his "support for an independent judiciary, to fight corruption and drug trafficking, the internal union of Argentina, universal social protection, create a twenty-first-century style of education and that everyone can have a roof, water and sewer". He also greeted those who were his competitors during the presidential elections.[15]

Later she went to the Casa Rosada, where the received the presidential attributes in the White Hall at the hands of the Temporary President of the Senate, Federico Pinedo, President of the Chamber of Deputies Emilio Monzó and President of the Supreme Court Ricardo Lorenzetti. Minutes later she and the President went to the historic balcony where thousands of people waited in the Plaza de Mayo.[16]

After being anointed Vice President, Michetti gave a reception at the San Martín Palace of Argentina Foreign Ministry to all the heads of state present: Michelle Bachelet from Chile, Horacio Cartes from Paraguay, Juan Manuel Santos from Colombia, Rafael Correa from Ecuador, Evo Morales from Bolivia, Dilma Rousseff from Brazil, and representatives of other countries attending the inauguration.[17]

Personal life[edit]

A car accident in 1994 seriously injured Michetti and left her in a wheelchair.[7] Michetti has one son and had a long relationship with the journalist Eduardo Cura.[7]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elecciones 2015: minuto a minuto, los resultados para conocer al próximo presidente". www.lanacion.com.ar. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  2. ^ http://diarioparana.com/gabriela-michetti-la-bisnieta-de-illia-el-presidente-mas-honesto-de-la-historia.html
  3. ^ "El factor Michetti". La Nacion. 15 July 2007. 
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/gabimichetti/status/289631812752384001
  5. ^ a b Biography of Gabriela Michetti, Buenos Aires City Government. Accessed 10 April 2009
  6. ^ http://www.diario26.com/gabriela-michetti-la-nueva-vicepresidenta-216397.html
  7. ^ a b c d Macri eligió a Michetti para su fórmula porteña, La Nación, 13 March 2007. Accessed 11 April 2009.
  8. ^ Se duplicó el voto en blanco, La Nación, 24 June 2007.
  9. ^ Programa Puertas del Bicentenario
  10. ^ Commission for the Inclusion and Full Participation of Persons with Disabilities
  11. ^ La candidatura de Michetti ahora se puso "en análisis", La Nación, 10 April 2009.
  12. ^ Michetti renunció para ser candidata, La Nación, 21 April 2009.
  13. ^ "Mauricio Macri wins historic presidential runoff". www.buenosairesherald.com. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  14. ^ "Center-right candidate takes early lead in Argentina presidential election". latimes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  15. ^ "Las 20 frases del discurso de Macri durante la asunción como presidente". Clarin. 10 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Macri, desde el balcón de la Rosada: "Los argentinos merecíamos vivir mejor"". Clarin. 10 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Tras asumir la presidencia, Macri se reúne con las delegaciones extranjeras en el Palacio San Martín". La Nacion. 10 December 2015. 
  18. ^ Artusa, Marina (18 October 2015). "Breve esquema genealógico de Gabriela Michetti". Clarín. Retrieved 25 January 2015.