Antonio Cafiero

Antonio Francisco Cafiero (12 September 1922 – 13 October 2014) was an Argentine Justicialist Party politician.[1]

Antonio Cafiero
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Antonio Cafiero in 2012
Senator from Buenos Aires Province
In office
10 December 1993 – 10 December 2005
Governor of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 1987 – 10 December 1991
LieutenantLuis María Macaya
Preceded byAlejandro Armendáriz
Succeeded byEduardo Duhalde
Personal details
Born12 September 1922
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died13 October 2014 (aged 92)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Spouse(s)Ana Goitía
Alma materUniversity of Buenos Aires


Cafiero was born in Buenos Aires. He joined Catholic Action in 1938, and enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires, becoming President of the Students' Association. He graduated as an accountant in 1944, and earned a Doctor in Economic Sciences in 1948, teaching in the discipline as a professor from 1952 to 1984. Cafiero became a militant Peronist from the 17 October 1945 mass demonstrations in support of populist leader Juan Perón, and entered public service in 1952 as Minister of Foreign Trade in the latter's administration, serving until 1954. He married the former Ana Goitía, and they had ten children.[2]

Cafiero held offices in the National Justicialist Movement from 1962, as well as in different institutions within the Justicialist Party at the national level and in Buenos Aires Province. Following the return of Peronists to power in the 1973 elections, Cafiero was appointed Secretary of Commerce in Perón's last term (1974). Following Perón's death and his replacement by his wife, Vice-President Isabel Perón, he was appointed Federal Interventor of Mendoza Province (1974–1975), and as Ambassador to the European Economic Community and Belgium (1975). Cafiero was appointed Economy Minister in August. He grappled with the aftermath of the June 1975 Rodrigazo (economic shock treatment enacted by a predecessor) with no success, and he was dismissed in February 1976, serving briefly as Ambassador to the Holy See until the March 1976 coup.

Cafiero announces the establishment of the Peronist Renewal movement on 9 September 1982.

He founded the Movement for Unity, Solidarity and Organization in September 1982, a reformist faction of the Justicialist Party, ahead of the 1983 return of democracy. The group, known as Renovación Peronista (Peronist Renewal), was defeated in the party's September 1983 nominating convention, however, by more conservative figures supported by Lorenzo Miguel of the Steelworkers' Union. Cafiero was elected to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies in 1985, and in 1987, Governor of Buenos Aires Province. Elected President of the Justicialist Party National Council, he ran in the May 1988 primary election for the upcoming presidential campaign. He failed to regain the support of the CGT, or to sway delegates from the smaller provinces, and lost to less well-known Carlos Menem, who subsequently won the 1989 general election.

Menem appointed Cafiero Ambassador to Chile in 1992, and Cafiero returned to elected office as a Senator in 1993. He took part in the convention negotiating the 1994 amendment of the Argentine Constitution, which allowed for Menem's re-election. The amended Argentine Constitution included article 129, which guaranteed Buenos Aires greater self-governance. The Indentente (appointed Mayor) was replaced by a Jefe de Gobierno (elected Mayor), and the city council by the Buenos Aires City Legislature. Shortly before the historic, June 30, 1996, elections to these posts, however, Senator Cafiero succeeded in limiting the city's autonomy by advancing National Law 24.588, which reserved control of the Argentine Federal Police (the federally administered city force), the Port of Buenos Aires and other faculties to the national government. The controversial bill, popularly known afterward as Ley Cafiero (the "Cafiero Law") was signed in 1996 by President Menem, remaining a sticking point between successive Presidents (most of whom have been Peronist) and Buenos Aires Mayors (none of whom have been).[3]

Cafiero was re-elected as Senator in 2001. The aging lawmaker, who had severe hearing loss by then, took leave to act as Cabinet Chief during the transitional presidency of Eduardo Camaño (2001–02), returning to the Senate and retiring in 2005.

Cafiero was formally accused in 2006, along with Isabel Perón and several of her former ministers, of involvement in the forced disappearance of a minor in 1976. President Isabel Perón and her cabinet had signed decrees on October 6, 1975, ordering "military and security operations that may be needed to annihilate subversive elements throughout the territory of the country" (see Dirty War for historical context).[4] Cafiero, during the Trial of the Juntas in 1985, had stated that the Isabel Perón government (which presided over the early phase of the Dirty War) believed that common police tactics were not enough to combat the guerrilla threat, and that he learned of human rights violations committed at the time only after Perón's overthrow in the March 1976 coup d'état.[5]

Cafiero has served as President of COPPPAL, the Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean, from 2005 to 2011.[6]

Cafiero lost his wife of fifty years, Ana Goitía, in 1994.[2] His son, Juan Pablo Cafiero, was appointed as Ambassador to the Holy See in 2008.[7] He had been a national deputy for the Peronists and for FrePaSo, Minister for Social Development under Presidents Fernando de la Rúa and Eduardo Duhalde, and as Minister of Security for Buenos Aires Province.[8][9] Another son, Mario Cafiero, served as a National Deputy from 1997 to 2005.

He died on 13 October 2014 of pneumonia.[10]


Peronism got divided in 2016, after the defeat of Daniel Scioli in the 2015 general elections. A faction of sympathizers of the government of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became more intransigent.[11] Another faction prefers instead to renew the Peronist politicians, removing the controversial politicians that worked for the Kirchners, and reducing the populist tendencies of the party. This second faction evokes the Peronist renewal led by Cafiero.[12]


  1. ^ Official website.
  2. ^ a b "Antonio Cafiero: soy leyenda". La Nación.
  3. ^ "Qué dice la Ley Cafiero". Infobae.
  4. ^ Clarín, 9 November 2006. Conceden la eximición de prisión a Cafiero en una causa por desaparecidos durante la dictadura.
  5. ^ Trial of the Juntas, 22 April 1985. Testimony of Antonio Cafiero Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Autoridades". COPPPAL. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25.
  7. ^ Designan a Juan Pablo Cafiero embajador ante el Vaticano, La Nación, 22 October 2008.
  8. ^ El Frepaso aceptó regresar al Gobierno con Juan Pablo Cafiero como ministro, Clarín, 26 April 2001.
  9. ^ Un dialoguista muy vinculado con la Iglesia, La Nación, 20 September 2008.
  10. ^ Legendary Peronist leader Antonio Cafiero dies at 92
  11. ^ Pablo Mendelevich (September 13, 2016). "Peronismo vintage: "Renovación" y "Resistencia"" [Vintage Peronism: "Renewal" and "Resistance"] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Con Antonio Cafiero como emblema, el peronismo se reunió detrás de "la segunda renovación"" [With Antonio Cafiero as a symbol, Peronism rallied behind the "second renewal"] (in Spanish). La Nación. September 6, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
Preceded by
Alejandro Armendáriz
Governor of Buenos Aires
Succeeded by
Eduardo Duhalde
Preceded by
Luis Lusquiños
Chief of Cabinet of Ministers
Succeeded by
Jorge Capitanich
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Claudio Cafiero, Italian footballer

Carlo Cafiero (1846-1892), Italian anarchist

Federico Cafiero (1914-1980), Italian mathematician

John Cafiero, American musician and director

James Cafiero, American politician

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