Acting President Amado Boudou arrived at Government House (Casa Rosada) in Buenos Aires at mid morning Wednesday to begin his duties as replacement of President Cristina Fernández for the next 20 days while she recovers from the thyroid operation.
However his first day in office was rather uncoordinated. Since the acting president failed to warn the Government House officials that he was heading there in the morning, he missed the traditional presidential salute by the acting officer who wishes the President a good morning and lets him know there are no news to be communicated.
According to Article 88 of the Argentine Constitution, whenever the Vice-President becomes acting President, he has the same responsibilities and attributions in office as a sitting President.
Boudou is expected to keep a low profile during Cristina Fernández recovery and will meet with Government officials whenever he is needed to make important decisions, as long as the Head of State is in no condition to make the decision herself.
Cabinet Chief Juan Abal Medina and Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo will also be present in the Government House during the convalescence period.
Boudou left the Government House 40 minutes after his arrival and headed across Plaza de Mayo towards a temporary office in Banco Nacion from where he will be working since the official desk in Casa Rosada in undergoing renovation.
In spite of signing resolutions and daily decrees, Boudou’s substitution is more symbolic if anything, official sources from CFK’s inner circle have said.
Political decisions will be made by Carlos Zannini, the Presidency Legal and Technical secretary, and Máximo Kirchner, the President’s son. Planning Minister Julio De Vido and Domestic Trade secretary Guillermo Moreno will handle key economic matters.
Boudou will be consulting this “Cristina” inner circle and following their advice before making any move, added the sources.
The acting president first action was to meet with Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino and follow markets’ reaction to the surgery episode, on strict orders from the convalescent President.