The historical leader of the UCR, Juan Manuel Casella, maintains that, for the centenary party, “public policies are important.” He stated that the Decree of Need and Urgency (DNU) 70/2023 was promulgated by the president, Javier Milei, with a goal. to deregulate the economy is “clearly against the constitution” and the draft Law on “Base and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines” sent by the Executive to Congress “must be treated article by article” when it is debated in parliament.
“Radicalism does not match the policy of widespread privatization and disarmament of the state proposed by the government. We believe that public policies are important for Argentina, Casal said in a statement on radio AM 750.
In that sense, he stated that “a country without public policies in social matters is a country approaching a critical situation” and considered that radicalism should be raised in Parliament and even suggested that “the National Committee of the UCR should be convened to establish a position and that the UCR deputies follow that line.”
Likewise, he considered that the decree deregulating the economy was “clearly unconstitutional” because there was no state of emergency and that the Base Law “should not be rejected in its entirety” but should be dealt with “article on the article.”
“It has more than 600 articles, and maybe there are some that are worth dealing with. In a law that is not uniform and full of elements of different hierarchy and content, it should be discussed article by article,” he insisted.
“It has more than 600 articles and there are some that are worth dealing with. In a law that is not very uniform, it is full of elements of different hierarchy and content and it should be discussed article by article”
He added that “it is impossible to contain 600 articles of memory” and that it is also impossible to carry out a popular consultation, which is the “method threatened by the president,” Javier Milei.
“You cannot vote on 655 articles of different nature for yes or no. It is absurd,” he said.
Criticism of Rodrigo de Loredo
The former Minister of Labor maintained that at the party level, “the UCR is experiencing a serious crisis” and that “it does not work as it should institutionally” because there is an “internal disorganization.”
“I am not satisfied with the role that (the deputy and president of the Radical Evolution bloc) Rodrigo de Loredo is playing. I think he occupies a place that does not belong to him,” he said, thinking that the legislator “is advancing further than he should.” and that he will convene the party’s Executive Committee to “command the party’s action.”
In his opinion, “the loss of Martín Lousteau is a heavy and expensive loss for the UCR because it has no point of reference.”
In that sense, he pointed out that the UCR “must be an opposition party” because people voted for the party to fulfill that role.
“The UCR is never an obstructionist party. It must be controlled, propose alternatives, and violently oppose things that are not equivalent, but it must allow the state to act,” he said.