President Javier Milei is carrying out his activities at the Olivos residence, where he usually does so on Fridays, and from there he will continue the debate on the Omnibus Law in the Chamber of Deputies.
At mid-morning, before the vote and in the midst of a climate of tension around Congress, Milei retweeted a selfie that the Nation's Press Secretary, Eduardo Serenellini, published on X. In the image you can see the president in a sweater doing his traditional thumbs up pose.
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Deputies resumed this Friday the debate on the Omnibus Law promoted by the Government and which the plenary session of the Lower House has been discussing since last Wednesday, amidst protests and incidents. After entering a new recess on Thursday night, the session restarted at 10:30 on Friday with around thirty deputies who requested to intervene in the debate and had not yet done so.
The draft Law of Bases and Starting Points for the Freedom of Argentines forms the heart of the Milei Government program, along with the fiscal adjustment plan and the decree of necessity and urgency (DNU) with reform measures fundamentally oriented to the deregulation of the economy, both presented a few days after the start of the new administration that took power on December 10.
Javier Milei, together with the Press Secretary of the Nation, Eduardo Serenellini. (Photo: X)
The initiative took almost a month to reach the plenary session of the Lower House after passing through various parliamentary committees and the intense negotiations that the ruling party had to face with allies and some opponents in search of support for the project.
These negotiations led the Government to make the decision to withdraw the tax reforms chapter of the project and other articles that affected different areas.
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However, until this Thursday there remained articles that have generated great controversy, especially the one that enables the Executive to privatize state companies and the one by which Parliament delegates to Milei for one year, extendable to another, broad powers that are typical of the Legislature. in several fields, including the economic one, due to the emergency in the country.
The Government agreed at the last minute to make some modifications to these two points with the aim of gaining support in the vote on the project article by article.
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This Wednesday, on the first day of debate on the project, and on Thursday, during the second day of the plenary session, serious incidents were recorded between security forces and protesters, mostly left-wing, around Congress.
At the restart of the debate this Friday, before fully entering into the discussion of the initiative, several opposition deputies asked to speak to express their “repudiation” of the “repression” unleashed by the members of the federal forces, who act under the orders from the Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich. The parliamentarians reported that, in the midst of the police action, around twenty press workers were injured by rubber bullets and pepper spray.