Anibal Domingo Fernandez is an Argentine Justicialist Party politician, who served as Interior Minister for President Nestor Kirchner, Minister of Justice for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and is currently the President's Cabinet Chief.
Born in Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Fernandez obtained degrees in accountancy and law. He entered public service, working for the municipalities of Quilmes Partido and Florencio Varela Partido from 1983. He worked from 1985 to 1991 in an administrative capacity the Peronist caucus in the Senate of the Province of Buenos Aires.
In 1991, Fernandez was elected Mayor of Quilmes. 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. Jose Maria Diaz Bancalari. In December 1999, Governor Carlos Ruckauf made him Secretary of Labour, promoting him to be the province's first Minister of Labour in 2001.
In January 2002, the then-President of Argentina Eduardo Duhalde appointed Fernandez as General Secretary of the Presidency in the national cabinet, and moved him to be Minister of Production in October 2002. In 2003 Kirchner appointed him Interior Minister.
Following the scandal of infant malnutrition in Tucuman in November 2002, Fernandez famously stated that this was caused by "a sick society and a ruling class that are sons of bitches, all of them, myself included."
Fernandez is married with one son and is a passionate fan of Quilmes Atletico football club. He is the president of the Jauretche Institute, named for the local 20th-century pro-development activist Arturo Jauretche.
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. New President Cristina Kirchner reappointed him to her cabinet following her inauguration in December 2007.
Following the ruling Front for Victory's defeat in the June 28, 2009, mid-term elections, Fernandez was tapped to replace Cabinet Chief Sergio Massa, who tendered his resignation to the President, effective July 7. Clarin
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Site of the Institute Jauretche
Ministry of Interior profile
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