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Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies partially approves Milei’s omnibus law

The Government of Javier Milei obtained the general approval of its ‘omnibus law’ this Friday and began a frenetic negotiation for the vote on articles, including extraordinary powers and privatization of public companies, next Tuesday.

The law Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines, Milei’s star project to deregulate the economy and reduce the weight of the State, was generally approved by the Lower House by 144 in favor and 109 against, after about 30 hours of debate. Milei celebrated the “positive vote” of the representatives, who, he said, “will remember history with honor” because “they understood the historical period and chose to end the privileges of caste and corporate republic” and added that he hopes “the same size” of the vote especially.

It is called for next Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. local time (5:00 p.m. GMT), a treatment that will be long due to the number of articles, although the project has been cut by 382 from the original which is 664; It must go to the Senate for final approval. “(We are going to) continue talking so that other deputies who do not accompany us today join us,” said the head of the official La Libertad Avanza bloc, Oscar Zago, to the press when the session stopped, and warned that Milei, who took office on December 10, “he is not the owner of all evils”, because of the fragile situation experienced by the country, which is why he asked them to “start to reflect.”

Zago said that in the vote this Friday, eight delegated powers and 27 confirmed companies were approved for privatization, after the changes given by the Executive, which included the elimination of the fiscal chapter to achieve ot a consensus project and unblock the vote. The pro-government deputy expressed his hope that by the end of Tuesday the law could be approved by the Deputies to be sent to the Senate and that it would be sanctioned next week, but other deputies doubted the speed.

The party of President Milei has only 38 deputies (and 7 senators) and received this Friday the support of the Republican Proposal (Pro, center-right) – the formation of the former president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri -, part of the Radical Civic Union (UCR, center) and the majority of the members of the We Make the Federal Coalition. The Peronist bloc Unión por la Patria (UxP), the left and several deputies from the provincial formations, in addition to two from the UCR, voted against the project.

Long debate The president of the UxP bloc, Germán Martínez, insisted in front of the press that “such an anomalous parliamentary treatment has never been seen” due to the number of articles negotiated at the last minute, and criticized the recess until Tuesday because, he said , the ruling party is “buying time to get votes that they specifically do not have.”

Milei appreciated the collaboration of the head of the UCR bench, Rodrigo de Loredo, who after the session recognized that the tax sharing of the Nation (in exchange operations) and a fiscal agreement with the provinces and how the process will be implemented under in the discussion, process of privatization of public companies.

The libertarian pledged to achieve fiscal balance this year and withdrew the package of tax increases that were in the law, so the provinces sought to avoid the cuts in transfers that the Executive had already threatened.

Another thank you to Miguel Angel Pichetto (leader of the We Make Federal Coalition bloc), who on the floor emphasized that the heart of the law is the declaration of the economic emergency, the delegation of legislative powers to the president and the privatization process . , and on Tuesday he acknowledged that his bloc has different opinions.

Milei also emphasized the cooperation of Cristian Ritondo, president of the Pro bloc, who made it clear in the room that they do not co-govern, but they give the Executive “a toolbox to solve the problems created by a populism bereta .(bad quality)”.

Hot road The long debate at the venue was accompanied by demonstrations by leftist militants around the Congress – in the midst of a severe heat wave – which was met with a violent response from the Ministry of Security to defend the Congress and the free movement of the roads. After the law was passed, protesters defied security protocol by chanting “Escape everyone.”

For three days, the tension between the protesters and the security agents, who acted in accordance with the strict instructions of the security protocol implemented by the Government of Milei, was repeated, arresting people and using rubber bullets. , water cannon trucks and pepper spray to prevent.

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