Formosa senator Francisco Paoltroni, chosen by Javier Milei to occupy the temporary presidency of the Upper House, denounced a conspiracy by Vice President Victoria Villarruel of the powerful Peronist bloc, to remove him from the line of succession and enter someone from PJ.
“The provisional presidency of the Senate has not been defined even if they confirm me. If they lower me it is a symptom of political weakness, the product of an operation between Guillermo Montenegro and José Mayans,” said Paoltoni in La Nación .
Montenegro is one of the future deputies of La Libertad Avanza and the main political operator of the vice president, who failed in his attempt to place him as the head of the La Libertad Avanza (LLA) block in the lower house.
The deputy accompanied Villarruel in his meetings with opposition leaders in the Senate, which aggravated the discomfort of the seven libertarian senators because the vice president did not care and brought a lawmaker from the other chamber to the negotiations.
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The LPO revealed at the time that Milei and her sister expelled Villarruel from the decision-making circle when they found out from the series of information they received that the vice president was working on a political project of his own, with in disturbing tones because of his position in the line of succession.
Milei stripped him of the Ministries of Security and Defense that he had promised him and on the day he won the election he did not allow him to speak, nor did he thank him. The reaction that Villarruel already offered the portfolio of Defense to Vicente Massot, what an old wolf, he immediately realized that he offered a position that he no longer controls, was unexpected. Vice also clashed with Posse when he wanted to stay with AFI and Customs.
Milei’s anger with his vice increased when he found out that he was alone and did not warn Mauricio Macri, which he explained that if the libertarian faces any serious crisis, he is ready to run the Government and guarantee the continuity of institution. . So the move to remove Paolotroni from the line of succession raised all the alarms in the president’s circle.
Soon, Milei learned that her running mate was secretly meeting with the United States ambassador, Marc Stanley. Actually, Milei knew about the meeting because Stanley himself told her about it. This is why the libertarian leader tried to surround Villarruel in the Senate and appointed leaders who speak directly, such as Patricia Bullrich and Luis Petri, to the ministries he wants.
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Now, in his explosive statement, Paoltroni put his finger in the sore spot 24 hours before the Legislative Assembly for the inauguration ceremony.
If Paoltroni’s complaint is true, it will increase the debate on Peronism, where an important part of the bloc does not share Cristina Kirchner’s position of handing over the provisional presidency to Milei, even if he does not have the votes. “We have 33 on hand,” a PJ bloc source joked to LPO.
From those around the head of the Peronist bloc, José Mayans from Formosa, they confirmed to the LPO that their position was that the provisional presidency should be occupied by a Peronist. “Villarruel is the Executive of Congress but in the Senate we must respect the representation of what the voters chose and we are the first minority,” they argued.
In the hall of Congress, at the moment, there is speculation about the possibility that the new Vice will call a session for next Wednesday, to settle the fight.