The assembly of the Argentine Company of Satellite Solutions Sociedad Anónima (Arsat) stopped, at least for now, the appointment of former Menem official Claudia Bello as part of the board of directors of the national telecommunications company. A designation that exposed differences within the national government from where conflicting versions emerged about the promotion of his candidacy as head of Arsat. The call for the ordinary and extraordinary assembly of ARSAT was published yesterday in the Official Gazette through resolution 17/2022 of the Chief of Staff, bears the signature of its owner Juan Manzur and in its annex proposes Bello as director of the business. Casa Rosada sources told PageI12 that the Legal and Technical Secretary of the presidency, Vilma Ibarra, was not aware of the appointment; while others point to the Secretary for Strategic Affairs of the Presidency, Gustavo Beliz, as the author of Bello’s proposal, with whom he shared functions during the government of Carlos Menem.
The speculations and versions skyrocketed since the information about Bello’s appointment in the Arsat directory became known. But it all lasted (for now) less than a day, from the morning’s publication in the Official Gazette until yesterday afternoon when the company’s assembly put a brake on its resolutions.
“In the framework of Resolution 17/2022 published today in the Official Gazette, the ordinary and extraordinary assembly of Arsat met this afternoon to receive management reports, analyze and approve the balances and start the discussion on the strategic work plan for this year,” says the statement released by the company and adds: “Because it is an agenda that includes 14 points, the assembly will continue to meet in the coming days to analyze issues related to the budget and the designation of authorities that will make up the board of directors of the business”.
Therefore, Bello’s appointment was put on hold. At least until the national government ratifies or revokes the proposal. From the Cabinet Headquarters, the names of the candidates to occupy the five main directorates of the Arsat had been turned in one of the annexes of its resolution, among which the former Menemist official was included: Néstor Tognetti (president), Guillermo Rus (vice president ); and Marcelo Tesoro, Claudia Bello and Soledad Gonnet as directors.
Bello’s candidacy generated criticism from some leaders of the ruling party through social networks and differences within Arsat itself, where Bello occupies a low-profile advisory position.
The differences also reached the Government, where there were no official explanations. Only some of the sources consulted by PageI12 they gave different versions off the record so as not to increase internal tensions.
Among them they affirm that Vilma Ibarra “was not aware of the appointment” of Bello. All the resolutions of the national government must pass through its secretariat, which in this way sought to disregard the proposal. Other sources point to Manzur and a supposed “unconsulted” decision by the Chief of Staff. From the portfolio of the coordinating minister there was no official or unofficial response to the journalistic queries, although the man designated by the Chief of Staff as representative of the State in the assembly of Arsat and second of Manzur, Mr. Jorge Neme, knew in advance the Proposed names for the directory of the telecommunications company.
Others believe that Gustavo Béliz could not be oblivious to the proposal. The current secretary of Strategic Affairs of the presidency maintains an old friendship with Bello, with whom he shared functions during a period of the Menem government.
Bello held various positions during the presidency of Carlos Menem in the 1990s. She was federal inspector of the province of Corrientes between August 1992 and February 1993. She left the intervention after her call for elections to elect a new governor ended up annulled due to irregularities in the procedure.
Menem appointed her to other positions in his government. Bello was also undersecretary of the Youth of the Nation; Undersecretary of Public Action and Human Rights, and Secretary of the Civil Service. Her task in this last position was denounced before the Justice, which prosecuted her for direct hiring and without bidding for 9 million dollars that she used for a dissemination campaign and the printing of half a million brochures with advice to face the so-called computer effect known as Y2K. But she was finally acquitted after an oral trial in 2011.
One of his last political appearances was in 2019, when in Mar del Plata he participated in the organization of a campaign event for the then candidate for vice president of Mauricio Macri, Miguel Pichetto.