Vice President-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, a divisive former president with huge political influence in the country, was notably absent at the event where Fernandez announced his cabinet picks on Friday [Agustin Marcarian/Reuters]

Argentina‘s newly-elected President Alberto Fernandez unveiled his cabinet and new central bank chief on Friday evening, laying out his core team days before the centre-left leader takes office facing a stalled economy, rising debt fears and painful inflation.

Fernandez named Martin Guzman, 37, as economy minister, who will need to help steer debt restructuring negotiations with international creditors and the International Monetary Fund over around $100bn in sovereign debt.

Fernandez’s cabinet and key economy pick underscore a sharp shift from the austerity policies under outgoing conservative President Mauricio Macri.


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