Argentina mulls cabinet changes to boost security

* Street violence may hit Fernandez’ image ahead 2011 vote

* President’s key cabinet chief could be replaced- media

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 12 (BestGrowthStock) – Argentina’s President
Cristina Fernandez is considering cabinet changes to counter
criticism over her handling of growing street violence ahead of
a presidential vote next year, local media reported on Sunday.

Fernandez created a new security ministry after at least
three people died this week in clashes among residents of a
Buenos Aires neighborhood over a public park.

Argentines are growing increasingly anxious about security
ahead of the October presidential election in which Fernandez
could run for re-election after the death of her husband and
former president, Nestor Kirchner.

The couple made their mark with interventionist policies
loathed by Wall Street, but cheered by many Argentines as the
economy of world’s No. 3 soy exporter grew quickly and away
from the crippling 2002 crisis that triggered one of the
biggest sovereign debt defaults in history.

Fernandez could replace top aide Anibal Fernandez, the
influential cabinet chief who was seen as the likely choice to
assume Kirchner’s role as a nexus between the government and
provincial governors, local daily La Nacion reported citing
unnamed government sources.

Cabinet chief Fernandez, who is not related to the
president, is considered a key ally who supports market
unfriendly moves.

She could also dismiss Justice Minister Julio Alak and a
series of lower ranking officials in a bid to boost security in
Latin America’s third largest economy, the paper said.
(Reporting by Jorge Otaola; Writing by Alonso Soto; Editing by
Vicki Allen)

Argentina mulls cabinet changes to boost security