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Aníbal Fernández

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Aníbal Fernández
Aníbal Fernández (2011).jpg
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers
In office
26 February 2015 – 10 December 2015
PresidentCristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded byJorge Capitanich
Succeeded byMarcos Peña
In office
8 July 2009 – 10 December 2011
PresidentCristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded bySergio Massa
Succeeded byJuan Manuel Abal Medina
General Secretary of the Presidency
In office
16 December 2014 – 26 February 2015
PresidentCristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded byOscar Parrilli
Succeeded byEduardo de Pedro
In office
2 January 2002 – 3 October 2002
PresidentEduardo Duhalde
Preceded byLuis Lusquiños
Succeeded byJosé Pampuro
National Senator
In office
10 December 2011 – 16 December 2014
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
Minister of Justice, Security and Human Rights
In office
10 December 2007 – 8 July 2009
PresidentCristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded byAlberto Iribarne
Succeeded byJulio Alak
Minister of the Interior
In office
25 May 2003 – 10 December 2007
PresidentNéstor Kirchner
Preceded byJorge Matzkin
Succeeded byFlorencio Randazzo
Minister of Production
In office
3 October 2002 – 25 May 2003
PresidentEduardo Duhalde
Preceded byJosé Ignacio de Mendiguren
Succeeded byDébora Giorgi
Mayor of Quilmes
In office
Preceded byEduardo Camaño
Succeeded byFederico Scabarino
Personal details
Born (1957-01-09) 9 January 1957 (age 64)
Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Other political
Front for Victory (2003–2015)
Alma materNational University of Lomas de Zamora

Aníbal Domingo Fernández (born January 9, 1957) is an Argentine Justicialist Party politician, lawyer, and certified public accountant who has been a close ally, to the former Presidents Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

He has held several cabinet positions under three presidents, serving in these offices for a total of over nine years. He served as Minister of Production under Eduardo Duhalde, as Interior Minister under Néstor Kirchner, as Minister of Justice under Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and as the President's Cabinet Chief from 2009 to 2011. Currently, he is the Interventor of the state-owned mining company Yacimiento Carbonífero Río Turbio.[1] He is also the President of the Confederación Argentina de Hockey de Césped y Pista, having being elected unanimously for a second term. [2]

Early life and education

Born in Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Fernández received his CPA on 6 March 1982 from the Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora and his law degree on 19 December 2001 from the same institution.


Early political career

Peronist from an early age, he entered public service, working for the City of Quilmes and City of Florencio Varela from 1983 as an advisor to the Budget Committee of the Senate of the province of Buenos Aires. He worked from 1985 to 1991 in an administrative capacity for the Peronist caucus in the Senate of the Province of Buenos Aires. Between 1985 and 1987, he was administrative secretary of the Peronist Movement Caucus of the Senate, and worked in the administrative secretariat between 1987 and 1991. He advised the City Council of Quilmes, between 1983 and 1989, and Florencio Varela, between 1983 and 1988.

In 1991, Fernández was elected Mayor of Quilmes.

He was elected to the Constitutional Convention of the province of Buenos Aires in 1994 and served as chairman of the Committee on the Electoral System of the Constitutional Convention. He wrote the Eighth Section of the Reformed Constitution of the Province of Buenos Aires.

In 1995 he became a provincial senator and chaired the Public Health committee. He won the award for best senator in 1996. In June 1997 he was appointed to assist the province's Minister of Government and Justice, Dr. José María Díaz Bancalari. In 1999, he was elected president of the party in Quilmes. In December 1999, Governor Carlos Ruckauf named him Secretary of Labour, promoting him to be the province's first Minister of Labour in 2001.

National politics

In January 2002, then-President of Argentina Eduardo Duhalde appointed Fernández as General Secretary of the Presidency in the national cabinet, and named him Minister of Production in October 2002. In 2003 he was elected to the National Congress, but resigned when Kirchner appointed him Interior Minister later that year.

Following the infant malnutrition scandal in Tucumán in November 2002, Fernández famously stated that this was caused by "a sick society and a ruling class that are sons of bitches, all of them."[3]

He was believed to be planning to run for Governor of Buenos Aires Province in the 2007 elections, but his party (Front for Victory) chose Daniel Scioli instead. Newly elected President Cristina Kirchner appointed him to her cabinet as Minister of Justice, Security and Human Rights following her inauguration in December 2007. La Nación, in an editorial entitled “Justice: A Bad Start,” opined that the selection of Fernández as Minister of Justice “cannot enthuse those who hope for progress” in Argentinian justice. La Nación recalled Fernández's fugitive episode and the fact that he had been charged with falsifying a document; also noted that the pressure Fernández had reportedly exerted on the judge who investigated the corruption case involving the Swedish firm Skanska.[4]

Following the ruling Front for Victory's defeat in the June 28, 2009, mid-term elections, Fernández was tapped to replace Cabinet Chief Sergio Massa, who tendered his resignation to the President, effective July 7.[5] Fernández held this position from July 8, 2009, until December 10, 2011.[6][7]

In national elections on October 23, 2011, he was elected National Senator for the Province of Buenos Aires by 4,600,000 votes.

He left the Cabinet on December 10, 2011, on the same day began representing the province of Buenos Aires in the national senate. In January 2014, Fernández said that he might be interested in succeeding Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as president of Argentina. He praised the president, describing her as “absolutely attuned to the national situation.”[8] He run for governor of the Buenos Aires Province instead, defeating Julián Domínguez in the primary elections. He lost the main elections to María Eugenia Vidal, of Republican Proposal, and announced that he may leave politics.[9]

Other controversies

In 2006, Anibal Fernández, who was serving as the Interior Minister at the time, called "feel" the growing insecurity that was experiencing Argentina.[10]

In December 2008, after Fernández blamed acts of railroad vandalism on the Labor Party, he was sued by the Labour Party for "slander, libel, moral damage and impact on the party's image."[11]

Fernández called Buenos Aires Education Secretary Abel Posse an “ass” and a “misogynist” in December 2009.[12]

Fernández called TV host Mirtha Legrand "uneducated, rude, ignorant” in January 2010, and maintained that she “says stupid things.”[13]

In January 2010, Fernández called economist Martin Redrado a “fool” and "freak” who “thinks he is the center of the world and fails to show respect for Argentinians.”[14]

Fernández attacked Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa and Spanish philosopher Fernando Savater in April 2011 for criticizing the policies of the Kirchner government. “They say stupid things,” he charged, just prior to the two writers’ appearances at a book fair. Vargas Llosa, Fernández complained, “insults President Cristina Kirchner every time he gets a chance,” and Savater “comes to Argentina to speak ill of the ruling party in Argentina.”[15]

Aníbal Fernández was accused in 2015 of being the mastermind of the 2008 triple crime.[16]

Other activities

Fernández's notable activities and associations include the following:

  • Chairman of Quilmes Athletic Club
  • Honorary Professor at the University of Social Sciences of the National University of Lomas de Zamora
  • President of Centro Latinoamericano de Administracion para el Desarrollo
  • President of Grupo de Acción Financiera Internacional
  • President of the Argentinian Field Hockey and Tennis Confederation
  • President, Arturo Juaretche Institute for Strategy and Development


In May 2011 the Editorial Planeta published his first book, Zonceras argentinas y otras yerbas (Argentine follies and other stuff). The book is an attack on “the follies that do so much damage to the country” and to the Kirchner government.[17]

The book's title is a reference to the 1968 book by Argentinian writer Arturo Jauretche, Manual de zonceras argentinas, a catalogue of foolish ideas about Argentina that are widely held by the Argentinian people, having been inculcated in them by primary school and reaffirmed by the new media.

The foreword was written by the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The book was officially launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair on May 5, 2011, in front of a packed auditorium of government officials and most of the members of the Cabinet. In his presentation of the book, Fernández praised the president said that many books he had read were “full of false accusations” against the Kirchners. He singled out Mario Vargas Llosa for special criticism.[17]

In January 2012, his book Zonceras Argentinas al Sol was published. He described it as a response to “organized absurdity,” by which, he explained, he meant the opposition to the Kirchners.[18] At the official book presentation, mayor Dario Díaz Pérez Fernández said that the book would be “an invaluable tool for all youth who daily join the militancy for the project led by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.”[19]

Personal life

Fernández is married with one son and is a passionate fan of Quilmes Atlético football club. He is the president of the Jauretche Institute, named for the local 20th-century pro-development activist Arturo Jauretche.


  1. ^ de 2020, 30 de Enero. "Aníbal Fernández fue designado como interventor del Yacimiento Carbonífero de Río Turbio". infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  2. ^ "ANÍBAL FERNÁNDEZ ASUME LA PRESIDENCIA DE LA CAH | Novedades | Confederación Argentina de Hockey". Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  3. ^ BBC Mundo | AMÉRICA LATINA | 4. Paradojas de noticias y exabruptos
  4. ^ "Justicia: un mal comienzo". La Nacion. Jan 11, 2008.
  5. ^ Clarín(in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-04-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Juraron Abal Medina y Lorenzino". (in Spanish). 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  8. ^ "Aníbal Fernández quiere ser candidato a presidente en 2015". Clarin. Jan 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Aníbal Fernández felicitó a Vidal y culpó a Lanata y al "fuego amigo": ¿deja la política?" [Aníbal Fernández congratuled Vidal and blamed Lanata and "friendly fire": does he leave politics?] (in Spanish). La Nación. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "El PO demandó al Gobierno y C5N: reclama $7 millones". El Pais. Dec 17, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008.
  12. ^ "Renunció Posse: duró apenas 11 días como ministro de Educación porteño". PERFIL. 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  13. ^ "Para Aníbal F, Duhalde no existe, Cobos es un inútil y Redrado hace payasadas". PERFIL. 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-04-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Aníbal Fernández: "Vargas Llosa y Savater dicen estupideces"". La Nacion. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  16. ^ "Los puntos clave del Triple Crimen del que acusan a Aníbal F." [Key points of the Triple Crime that Aníbal F. is being accused of] (in Spanish). Perfil. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Aníbal Fernández presentó su libro y llenó de políticos la Feria". (in Spanish). 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  18. ^ández-en-cafe-dorrego Archived April 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ández-presento-su-libro-zonceras-argentinas-al-sol-[permanent dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eduardo Camaño
Mayor of Quilmes
Succeeded by
Federico Scarabino
Preceded by
Luis Lusquiños
General Secretary of the Presidency
Succeeded by
José Pampuro
Preceded by
Jorge Matzkin
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Florencio Randazzo
Preceded by
Alberto Iribarne
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Julio Alak
Preceded by
Sergio Massa
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Abal Medina
Preceded by
Jorge Capitanich
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers
Succeeded by
Marcos Peña
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