Buenos Aires Weather | Victoria Tolosa Paz takes up the challenge of the Ministry of Social Development

Frente de Todos national deputy Victoria Tolosa Paz will join Alberto Fernández’s cabinet as Minister of Social Development, replacing Juan Zabaleta. She accepted the invitation to take the post last weekend after meeting with the president at the Quinta de Olivos residence on the outskirts of the capital.

Toloza Paz’s arrival in government was confirmed on Monday, along with the appointments of Raquel ‘Kelly’ Olmos as Minister of Labor and Ayelén Mazzina as Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity.

All three were hailed for their “extensive experience in their fields of reference” which the government said would “deepen the breadth of views and the effectiveness of management”.

Former president of the National Council for the Coordination of Social Policies, Tolosa Paz has decades of Peronist activism behind her.

The 49-year-old’s profile has risen considerably after losing a competitive election in 2019 for mayor of La Plata and, more recently, since the 2021 midterm elections, in which she topped the list. legislature of the ruling coalition in the province of Buenos Aires.

During this campaign, she raised her eyebrows after calling for more “enjoyment” in life and boasted that Peronist sexual activity is more prolific than their rivals.

Born into a middle-class family that supported UCR radicals, Tolosa Paz’s mother worked in the electoral justice system. She married young and had three children, before separating from her partner and earning her chartered accountancy degree at the Catholic University of La Plata.

His current partner is Enrique ‘Pepe’ Albistur, a businessman with a long political history who is a personal friend of President Fernández and the owner of the apartment in Puerto Madero where the Peronist leader lived before moving to the residence Presidential Quinta de Olivos after assuming Office. This is the origin of Tolosa Paz’s close political relations with the Head of State. In recent years, she has become one of the main defenders of the “Albertist” administration in the media.

Toloza Paz has held many positions throughout his political career. Between 1996 and 2001 she worked for the Family and Human Development Council of the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires and in 2002 she worked as an advisor to the National Ministry of Social Development.

In the government of Eduardo Duhalde (2002), she was adviser to the Ministry of Social Development. When Néstor Kirchner took power in 2003, she became the regional manager of a World Bank program that helped community soup kitchens and food banks.

She then worked for the current National Agency for Disability and in 2014 joined the management team of ANSES, where she coordinated the implementation of a PROCREAR program. During Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s second term, she gained credibility and in 2015 launched a campaign to become mayor of La Plata, a fight that was ultimately lost.

In 2019, after becoming president, Fernández appointed her president of the National Social Policy Coordination Council, a decentralized body under the presidency. She has been its president since July 2020.

In 2021, Tolosa Paz topped the list of candidates for national deputies for the province of Buenos Aires, a nomination that paid tribute to his relationships with Alberto Fernández, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Governor Axel Kicillof.

In the November 14 legislative elections, she was elected national deputy, although she lost the race by 1.18 percentage points to Diego Santilli of PRO at provincial level.


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