Negotiations for the election of the Senate authorities remain heavy and those around Cristina Kirchner confirmed that in the preparatory session this Thursday only the senators elected in October will be sworn in, burying the intention of the vice president-elect, Victoria Villarruel, to be included. the appointment of the main authorities of the Upper House.
After obtaining the commitment of the UCR for the candidacy of Francisco Paoltroni, Villarruel expressed confidence that there will be no problem in continuing to appoint the provisional president of the Senate as well as the administrative and parliamentary secretariats, which are currently in charge. of Luz Alonso and Marcelo Fuentes, two figures close to the vice president.
Although Kirchnerism has maintained the decision to give all positions to the ruling party, from within the bloc there is a strong intention to implement the regulations and that the preparatory process for the appointment of the authorities can be called for on February 24. A block meeting is scheduled this afternoon where José Mayans will be approved as the head of the block and the two banks will stay because they understand that “it works well.”
Kirchnerism with 33 senators without counting Carlos “Camau” Espínola and Edgardo Kueider, who are in the Unidad Federal, seeks to tense the talks, but on both sides the intention is the “avoidance of a conflict” at the beginning of this new era with Javier Milei as president.
On the other hand, Villarruel, who already has 7 senators as of December 10, has the commitment of Magkauban sa Pagbabago to support the candidates proposed by La Libertad Avanza to occupy the provisional president and the secretaries. “I did not have the opportunity to manage any other assumption than to respect the democratic system, the institutions,” said the vice-elect, who recalled that “it was a custom at home that when a new administration begins, the The president’s most trusted authority, the Senate is chosen by whoever takes office.
A post made this week by Senator Claudia Ledesma Abdala, who holds the provisional presidency, saying that she has “no intention” to remain in that position, encouraged Villarruel’s hope to complete the assumption of the authorities in preparatory session called this Thursday.
However, it is clear that the possibility of swearing in the new authorities together with the elected senators will depend on a political agreement that can emerge between the ruling party and the libertarians.
Cristina already declared at the farewell dinner with the senators and through her social networks the decision that the temporary presidency and the Chamber of Deputies should be in the hands of the ruling party. But apparently the block of senators has a different view because they first pointed out that the former president left office and insisted on the implementation of the regulations.
However, it should be noted that in 2019 Claudia Ledesma Abdala was appointed provisional president at the end of November, that is, before February, based on an agreement with the opposition.
Cristina’s group approved the decision to leave the secretariats free for the new administration. In addition, Luz Alonso, for example, was elected deputy of the province of La Pampa and had to resign from her position in the Senate in order to take the seat.
Villarruel has already met with the former President and also with the authorities of the Unión por la Patria bloc, José Mayans, Juliana Di Tullio and Anabel Fernández Sagasti, where he announced his intention to implement the Senate. He was also accompanied by senators from PRO and UCR, who gave him their support to guarantee the administration.
But apparently, the different sectors have not yet reached an agreement on the appointment of new authorities. Then comes the dispute over the leadership of the commissions, which is also the key to the new government. Currently, Villarruel said that he has the commitment of the ruling party that they will give him the presidents of Agreements, basis for the appointment of judges, prosecutors and promotion of military personnel; Constitutional Affairs and Foreign Relations. It is not yet clear whether he will also have control over the Budget and Finance commission.