Alexis Guerrera took over the position of Argentine Transport Minister this Monday, replacing Mario Meoni, who recently died in a traffic accident.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández took the Guerrera oath in an act that took place in the Museo del Bicentenario de la Casa Rosada.
“You have two difficult things: the matter and the replacement of Mario. He was also your friend and you worked with him. It is a great pleasure for us to have you in the government,” said the Argentine President after speaking after “a big round of applause” for the new owner, according to the executive.
Guerrera is 50 years old, was born in the city of General Pinto in Buenos Aires and at the age of 25 was the leader of the Peronist youth in his hometown. He was elected to the city council in 2001 and won the mayoral elections in 2003, a position he held four times until 2019, the year he took a seat as provincial MP for Frente de Todos.
On December 22nd, he requested an extraordinary leave of absence from the Buenos Aires Legislature to take a position in Trenes Argentinos Infraestructura, from where he actively intervened in the work of the traffic modernization plan promoted by his predecessor, Meoni, who died on April 23rd, when he was involved in a traffic accident went to the city of Junín in the province of Buenos Aires, where his family lives.
Upon assuming the position, Guerrera has indicated that the Paraná-Paraguay waterway will not be nationalized, but that it will regain “a role it does not play in management today” through forthcoming specifications in preparation for the tender for the city’s concession Dredging service and the beacon according to the Télam agency.
“We will continue to work just like Transport Minister Mario Meoni,” said the head of the transport portfolio.
On the other hand, it was stressed that the greatest challenge is to “accompany” the measures of the Decree on Necessity and Urgency (DNU) on the coronavirus pandemic, signed by Alberto Fernández, “in order to reduce the spread to the essentials”.
“The world is in the third wave, some countries in the fourth, which has a very strong impact,” he added, specifying that 98 percent of passengers are currently “essential” and address “civic responsibility” .