On the order of Sergio Massa, on October 22, the former presidential candidate of Chile celebrated the passing of the second round of the trans-Andean Minister of Economy, pointing out that “change requires calm and seriousness”, to face the “chaos” that the option represents, Javier Milei. In an interview with The Counter, Marco Enríquez-Ominami reinforced the idea that solutions for Argentina require vigilance and unity, and that is where Massa’s potential success lies.
Regarding the “young vote” that currently supports Milei’s candidacy, he indicated that “they are a force that must be read and self-criticized,” in the context of distrust in the party system. In this sense, he added that in the face of talks of “empty rudeness”, the progressive sectors seem “conservative, because they defend democracy and the state.”
“To analyze Argentina, we have to do it in the coordinates of Argentina, and, along those lines, Sunday’s election is not very original or strange, but it is not crazy or reasonable. They have indisputable difficulty, but I think there is no management problem. (…) There is not a social explosion because they operate under other coordinates and have a broad social policy,” he continued.
On the other hand, even though Enríquez-Ominami is not active in any political party, he strongly follows the direction taken by the Chilean constitutional process, which he describes as “deplorable.” “If a left only talks about taxes and a right hates the state, it’s nonsense. I think the ‘Against’ will win. I have hope to stop the constituent debate. We must continue on a different path to solutions,” he said.
In that sense, he reiterated that the proposed Constitution “does not change the crisis of representation experienced in Chile in any way. To vote ‘For’ is to remain in the worst of all the worlds, assuming that you have progressed, which is not progressing. “I prefer that the government create jobs in the short term, and in the medium term, we work for an agenda of social rights.”
Regarding his political future, he confirmed that he will work throughout 2024 for the unity of municipal candidates and regional governorships. “I want to help the highest unity of progressivism; that’s my biggest obsession,” he stressed.
Elsewhere, the oral trial against him for tax crimes remains open, an investigation that began in 2015 and continues until now, after the amparo appeal for definitive dismissal filed this year was declared inadmissible. “I have shown many times that they are biased, which is a violation of the law and due process. This is a process that will take ten years and will not end. I asked for the same treatment, and what I received was special treatment only because I am a threat to some politicians. I will win; I am sure I will be acquitted, because it is unjust,” he warned.