With Mauricio Macri connected from the French Côte d’Azur, the national board of Together for Change ratified the rejection of Government initiatives related to the area of Justice and refusal to give agreement in Deputies to deal with the reform project virtually. After the protocol of mixed sessions expired last Friday, the leaders of the opposition coalition confirmed in the meeting this Monday that they will not enable a new extension for one month rather, they could only limit it to specific guarantees with defined agendas and with prior consensus.
This time there was no communication but a score about what the representatives of the PRO, the UCR and the Civic Coalition talked about. In previous meetings they had agreed on rejection to the eventual expansion of the Supreme Court Yet the judicial reform although there was discussions for titles and signatures. In this case they defined that Patricia Bullrich, Alfredo Cornejo and Maximiliano Ferraro, the three presidents of the parties, would act as spokespersons. In addition to the questioning of the initiatives in Congress – they added the attempted impeachment of acting attorney Eduardo Casal– They expressed “concern” about the economic, social and insecurity situation, and highlighted the “Need every day to return to normality and work”In the context of the pandemic.
“It was a very productive meeting. We ratify that, to the extent that the projects in the Chamber of Deputies do not have a high consensus, you have to go to face-to-face sessions looking for the place and the way to keep the care and the distance ”, said Cornejo to Clarion.
“We decided to keep working against the reform, the expansion of the Court and the removal of the Procurator. We are not willing to use the virtual system to debate strategic issues, ”Bullrich said along the same lines. “We insist that there is no social, political or economic context to debate in that way a reform of the Justice ”, Ferraro agreed. For consensus initiatives, such as the Tourist Emergency or benefits for owners or tenants of commercial premises, Together for Change could agree to a single session -and thus each time with another agenda- and not to the extension for a month to prevent the ruling party from advancing with the projects discussed: in addition to the judicial reform, Vicentin’s investigative commission, the tax on large fortunes and impeachment to Casal, among others.
It was the second virtual meeting in which Macri participated from France, in the middle of a trip that privately generated internal reproaches in the PRO and its partners for the “inopportune” in the middle of the pandemic and rekindled discussion about his role as leader of the opposition and its centrality in the next stage of space. When he spoke, he returned to focus on the impact of quarantine in economic matters. Horacio Rodríguez Larreta he alluded to his opening plan in the City. Vidal was back, after an absence and not staying until the end in the previous meeting.
This time Miguel Pichetto did not enter, as alleged by an error with the schedule. Senators Luis Naidenoff and Humberto Schiavoni spoke about the treatment of the reform in that Chamber. Cristian Ritondo for the PRO, Martín Lousteau and Mario Negri for the UCR and Juan López and Maricel Etchecoin for the Civic Coalition were also there. The meeting lasted more than two hours. “The first time that Mauricio hold out such a long policy meeting“Commented one of the attendees.
“The interblocks made a report on the situation in both chambers. At the same time we debate the need that the legislative projects have the agreement of all, given the difficulties that the virtual system brings for the debate of strategic issues ”, they left raised in the score that they disseminated at the end, by the lack of coordination in some projects such as teleworking, approved by Together for the Change in Deputies and rejected in the Senate.
This time there was no communication, and the next ones in any case will be without individual signatures. “Judicial reform: a reissue of the proposal of the 90”, the title of the last, had not conformed to a part of the members. “It was a mistake. What do you most closely associate with that decade? With the Frente de Todos or with Macri?”One of the participants complained. There was also anger because the names ended up appearing and not Together for the Dry Change, as Rodríguez Larreta and Lousteau wanted, the most upset at that point.