Evo Morales, Governor Urribarri play football - New Intelligence boss appointed.
Foreign and economy ministers of the Mercosur countries gathered on Tuesday in the former Argentina capital Parana (now capital of the province of Entre Rios), in preparation for the 47th Mercosur Summit to be attended by all the Heads of State, which starts on Wednesday.
Argentina President Cristina Fernandez arrived in Parana late Tuesday evening, after swearing in Oscar Parrilli as the new head of the Secretary of Intelligence at the Pink House in Buenos Aires.
Parrilli, who had served as Secretary General for the Presidency since 2003 under President Nestor Kirchner, will be replaced by Senator Anibal Fernandez, who will consequently leave his seat in the Upper House to his fellow former Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina Jr, who was next in line in the 2011 senatorial elections ticket. At the time presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro announced those changes on Tuesday afternoon, Abal Medina was representing the Argentina government in Parana, when he received a telephone call from his wife telling him the news.
The heads of state of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela and Bolivia are due in Parana by Wednesday morning. Bolivian President Evo Morales, instead, arrived in Parana even before his hostess and got together informally with Entre Rios Governor and presidential hopeful Sergio Urribarri to play some football.
Mercosur technicians have been in Parana in preparation for the meeting since last Saturday.
Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman praised Mercosur as one of the “most successful” integration processes and said it is “a cause of pride for member countries.”
Parana was the capital of the Argentine Confederation between March 24, 1854 and December 2, 1861, following the passing of the 1853 Constitution.
Argentina currently holds the pro-tempore presidency of Mercosur.