After the return of the Omnibus Law to committee in Deputies, the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos, once again raised the possibility of calling a popular consultation. Francos said about it: “The president, Javier Milei, raised it at the time. He said it exactly in these circumstances: 'If the laws I need are not approved, I will go to a popular consultation.'”
The Minister of the Interior said: “These are issues that are not specifically prepared yet today, but it is a constitutional tool that exists and that the President will see if he uses it, it is also an element that has to generate popular pressure on which country “We want to live.”
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Francos considered: “If the President consults the people about legislative, we will see, for the moment he will continue governing with the instruments he has,” in statements to Rivadavia and La Red radio stations.
What is a plebiscite and what is the purpose of the popular consultation that Javier Milei wants to do?
The Milei Government has the possibility of calling a plebiscite after the frustrated treatment of the Omnibus Law in the Chamber of Deputies. If this measure is carried out, it would imply a direct and non-obligatory popular vote of citizens on the economic reform project.
What is a plebiscite and what is it for?
A plebiscite is a direct popular vote for citizens to decide on a proposal of political or legal importance. According to the National Constitution, in its article 40, “Congress, at the initiative of the Chamber of Deputies, may submit a bill to popular consultation” and “the convening law may not be vetoed.”
How the plebiscite would work if Javier Milei carried it out
In the event that the President decided to hold a plebiscite, it would be non-binding, which means that, even if the project obtained the support of the absolute majority of valid votes cast in popular consultation, it will not automatically become law, but must continue its process. in the National Congress.
What is a non-binding plebiscite and what is the only precedent that Javier Milei has
A non-binding plebiscite in Argentina is a process by which authorities seek the opinion of citizens on certain issues. The result has no direct legal effect, it does not become law due to the result of that vote.
This consultation can be initiated by a Congressional project or by decree of the Executive Branch. To be effective, it requires the approval of the absolute majority in each chamber of Congress or, if it is by decree, the approval of the cabinet of ministers. A historical precedent in Argentina that Javier Milei has was the 1984 consultation during the government of Raúl Alfonsín on the Beagle Channel Treaty with Chile, where more than 80% supported the Government's proposal for a Peace Treaty with Chile, although the result was not binding.