(Adds government comment on other resignations)
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Argentina's interior
minister, Eduardo de Pedro, offered his resignation on Wednesday
along with several other hard-left officials, a signal of a
major rift within the government after a bruising election loss
in midterm primaries on Sunday.
De Pedro was one of the top officials allied with the more
radical "Kirchnerist" wing of the center-left government of
Alberto Fernández, who now faces a battle to win back moderate
voters ahead of a midterm ballot in November.
In a letter circulated by the ministry, de Pedro said he was
offering his resignation to President Fernandez to help the
government move forward toward the full midterm ballot in
November and regain voter support.
"Listening to your words on Sunday night where you raised
the need to interpret the verdict expressed by the Argentine
people, I have considered the best way to help this task is by
putting my resignation at your disposal," he wrote.
Spokesmen for the government and ruling party said that the
minister of culture Tristán Bauer, the minister of environment
Juan Cabandié and the minister of science and technology Roberto
Salvarezza had all also tendered their resignations.
All three are aligned with the more militant wing of the
ruling coalition and are allies of Vice President Cristina
Fernández de Kirchner, a divisive but hugely powerful figure who
was a two-term president from 2007-2015.
The resignations of de Pedro and the other ministers have
yet to be formally accepted by Fernández.
The ruling Front for All party, which has taken a hit to its
popularity during the pandemic, was badly beaten on Sunday in
the open primary vote, which is seen as a reliable indicator of
how the midterm ballot will go later in the year.
(Reporting by Walter Bianchi and Nicolas Misculin; Writing by
Adam Jourdan; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Marguerita Choy)