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Ministries of the Argentine Republic

This article is missing information about ministries that existed before Javier Milei reduced the number of extant ministries from 18 to 9. Please expand the article to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page. (January 2024)

The Ministries of the Argentine Republic, which form the cabinet, currently consist of nine 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][needs update]


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 Río 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

Portfolio Logo Website Incumbent Since Party Coalition
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Nicolás Posse 10 December 2023 Independent La Libertad Avanza
Ministry of the Interior Guillermo Francos 10 December 2023 Independent La Libertad Avanza
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship Diana Mondino 10 December 2023 Independent La Libertad Avanza
Ministry of Defense Luis Petri 10 December 2023 Radical Civic Union Juntos por el Cambio
Ministry of Economy Luis Caputo 10 December 2023 Republican Proposal Juntos por el Cambio
Ministry of Justice Mariano Cúneo Libarona 10 December 2023 Independent
Ministry of Security Patricia Bullrich 10 December 2023 Republican Proposal Juntos por el Cambio
Ministry of Health Mario Russo 10 December 2023 Independent
Ministry of Human Capital Sandra Pettovello 10 December 2023 Union of the Democratic Centre La Libertad Avanza

Presidential secretariats with ministerial rank

The 1983 Law on Ministries passed by then-president Raúl Alfonsín set the precedent for secretariats of state with ministerial rank.[8] These secretaries respond directly to the Presidency. As of the latest version of the Law on Ministries, these are the existing Secretariats of the Presidency counting with ministerial rank in the Argentine government.[9]

Portfolio Logo Website Incumbent Since Party Coalition
General Secretariat Karina Milei 10 December 2023 Libertarian Party La Libertad Avanza
Legal and Technical Secretariat Javier Herrera Bravo 10 December 2023 Republican Proposal Juntos por el Cambio
Communications and Press Secretariat Belén Stettler 10 December 2023 Independent

Notes and references

  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 4 March 2016.
  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
  8. ^ "LEY DE MINISTERIOS Decreto 438/92". (in Spanish). 12 March 1992. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  9. ^ Soltys, Michael (6 June 2020). "Non-ministerial positions – yet still key additions". Buenos Aires Times. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
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