Ministries of the Argentine Republic

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The Ministries of the Argentine Republic, which form the cabinet, currently consist of sixteen ministries under a ministerial chief of staff.[1] The ministers are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the president.[1] The current organization derives from the constitutional revision of 1994,[1] and is governed by "The Law on Ministries".[2]


Prior to independence, the administration of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata was organized under the Royal Ordinance of Administrators issued 28 January 1782 (la Real Ordenanza de Intendentes),[3] under which there were eight intendencias[4] each with a governor reporting to the viceroy. The governor had the police, finance and the military under his direct control, and his lieutenant administered the courts.[3] At first the revolutionaries retained the same system, only gradually dispersing the executive authority over a larger body of men.[3] The first true cabinet posts in Argentina emerged in the early to mid-19th century first under the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata and later under the Argentine Confederation and the State of Buenos Aires. For example, the Department of Governance and War (Departamento de Gobierno y Guerra) was created on 28 May 1810 by the First Junta with Mariano Moreno as secretary,[5] and although the First Junta sent out diplomates as early as 1810, it was not until 27 February 1813 that the Department of Foreign Business (Departamento de Negocios Extranjeros) was created under the supervision of the Secretary of State.[6]

Argentine Confederation (1831 to 1852)[7]
  • Ministry of War and the Navy
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Interior
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Justice, Religion and Public Education
State of Buenos Aires (1852 to 1861)[7]
  • Ministry of Governance
  • Ministry of War
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Prosecutor's Office

Current ministries[edit]

Ministry Logo Website Incumbent Since Party
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros.png Marcos Peña 2016 (cropped).jpg Marcos Peña 10 December 2015 PRO
Ministry of the Interior, Public Works and Housing Ministerio del Interior, Obras Públicas y Vivienda.png Rogelio Frigerio 2015.jpg Rogelio Frigerio 10 December 2015 PRO
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto logo.png Jura de Faurie.jpg Jorge Faurie 12 June 2017 Independent
Ministry of Defense Ministerio de Defensa.png Aguad anunciando la intervención del AFSCA (cropped).jpg Oscar Aguad 17 July 2017 UCR
Ministry of the Treasury Ministerio de Hacienda arg.png NicolasDujovne (cropped).jpg Nicolás Dujovne 10 January 2017 UCR
Ministry of Production and Labour Logotipo del Ministerio de Producción y Trabajo de la República Argentina.png Dante Sica en 2016.jpg Dante Sica 16 June 2018 Independent
Ministry of Transport Ministerio de Transporte.png Guillermo Dietrich (cropped).jpg Guillermo Dietrich 10 December 2015 PRO
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos.png German-garavano.jpg Germán Garavano 10 December 2015 PRO
Ministry of Security Ministerio de Seguridad (Argentina).png Patricia Bullrich en el traspaso de la Policía Federal (cropped).jpg Patricia Bullrich 10 December 2015 PRO
Ministry of Social Development and Health Ministerio de Salud y Desarrollo Social de la República Argentina.png Carolina Stanley 2016 (cropped).jpg Carolina Stanley 6 September 2018 PRO
Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology Ministerio de Educación y Deportes de Argentina.png Alejandro Finocchiaro.jpg Alejandro Finocchiaro 6 September 2018 PRO

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros". Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ La Ley de Ministerios, The Law on Ministries was established by Decree 438 of 1992, and amended by Law 26638, promulgated on 6 December 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Zabala, Juan Pablo; Departamento Documentos Escritos, División Nacional (2012). Fondos documentales del Departamento Documentos Escritos, División Nacional: Programa de Descripción Normalizada: secciones gobierno, Sala X y contaduría, Sala III, tribunales y protocolos de escribanos: volumen 2 (PDF) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires: Archivo General de la Nación, Ministerio del Interior. p. 33. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 May 2015.
  4. ^ The intendencia were Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Tucumán, Cuyo, Paraguay, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Potosí, La Paz and Chuquisaca. Kermenic, Jan M. (1993). Pueblos, lenguas e instituciones de América meridional, Tomo I: AA–MM (in Spanish). Lima, Peru: [s.n.] p. 149. OCLC 30746236.
  5. ^ Zabala 2012, p. 218
  6. ^ Zabala 2012, p. 166
  7. ^ a b Zabala 2012, p. 26