The president-elect, Javier Milei, will have to explain in the coming weeks what he will do with his salary, which is equivalent to his being head of state. Since he sat as a national legislator in 2021, he was raffled from his food.
However, now the situation is different because, as a national leader, you are not allowed by law to do any paid work, something he can do as a national deputy. According to current legislation, even requesting a license for a private activity is not enough during a public exercise.
“I don’t know if it’s compatible. As a deputy, I had no problem giving lectures; now I don’t know. Mili hesitated in his radio statements on Monday when asked what he plans to do with his salary as president.
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According to Article 92 of the Argentine Constitution, the head of state and his vice president “cannot hold any job, nor receive any emolument from the nation, nor any province”, because “they enjoy the salary paid by the National Treasury.”
During his time as a deputy, the liberal economist never introduced a bill to make lower house officers unpaid, something prohibited by current law. Since they did not have the necessary votes, they did not proceed with the project and decided to avoid Milei’s food.
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The first meal Milei drew was the equivalent of December 2021, in the amount of $205,596.54 that time during a public event in front of the Costa Galana hotel in the spa city of Mar del Plata, where he ensured that the entire process “will be certified by a notary” and with the participation of “the system of people to be completely transparent and unequivocal.”
Until now, the national deputy of La Libertad Avanza He has done 22 diets, for a total of 2,834,073 registered participants. In January of this year, the salary of a deputy reached $697,621 and, in the drawing corresponding to the previous month, one person received $1,316,000.
At the end of the event where the final draw was made official, the libertarian asked his sister Karina Milei to hold a flag with a drawing of a 100-dollar bill with the face of the future president, and all present chanted, “They are afraid; the caste is afraid!”
This June 2023, Carlos Maslatón He harshly criticized the libertarian for his measure: “Milei, it doesn’t make sense for you to ‘donate’ your salary to the state. It will no longer serve you as demagoguery if you try to do it elsewhere.demanding that your legislators give you the revenue from the Gnocchi contracts they appoint to public organizations. This giveaway is a joke”, the lawyer published on his X account (exTwitter).
“Milei always believed that the corruption scheme of La Libertad Avanza, armed with the obtained legislative seats, would never be exposed. What he did not calculate was that his own people, his own ruling party, would turn his back and criticize the fraud committed,” concluded Maslatón.