The Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos, lowered his tone this Thursday when the Government met with the governors, but insisted that they were responsible for the failure of the Omnibus Law in Congress. “There is no fight with the governors, it makes no sense. There was a difference in the treatment of the Base Law and there were governors who were thought to support and did not support,” he said.
“The Government made every effort to have the law. We interpreted that we had support, which later we did not have,” he insisted on Verdad Consecuencia, on TN.
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In this context, Francos denied that the removal of subsidies for public transportation in the interior of the country – announced hours after the law fell and which directly affects the provinces – responds to President Javier Milei's anger with the governors.
“The transportation subsidy was created in 2020, which was the Covid fund and was a kind of aid to the provinces, but transportation was always an issue for the provinces. The Nation is going to give direct subsidies to the people who are scheduled for that subsidy and that was planned before,” he assured.
While Francos denied a direct fight between the President and the provincial leaders, Milei retweeted on his X account comments from other users against the governors, especially against Maximiliano Pullaro from Santa Fe and Martín Llaryora from Córdoba.
Francos denied the fight with the governors, but held them responsible for the fall of the Omnibus Law
“There is no fight with the governors, it makes no sense. There was a difference in the treatment of the Base Law, a discussion was opened to deal with section by section that was not foreseen and that made the treatment muddy and made the Government decide to withdraw it. The delegated powers were to manage the emergency and the law made no sense, so the Government decided that we continue managing ourselves as we are managing ourselves,” Francos explained.
Regarding what was interpreted as a fight, he said that “the President has a characteristic of calling things by their name and that is sometimes misinterpreted” and that “he believed that he was going to have support that there was not.”
“The governors were talking about supporting it and suddenly, they don't support it, they don't give it the instruments, there is a kind of double discourse, that bothered the President, but here they all lost because many chapters of that law benefited the provinces,” he explained.
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He also said that “the moment of tension will be overcome” and then “we will have to sit down and talk again.” “I have spoken with several governors and the intention is to talk, dialogue. “I am willing to talk, but we have to establish what the foundations of that conversation are,” she warned, however.
As for the President, Francos assured that “he will meet again with the governors,” but stressed that “the President has already been plebiscited” in the runoff.
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Regarding the possibility that Milei uses the decrees to obtain what the law proposed, the Minister of the Interior said that “the President is willing to govern with the instruments he has and to comply with the objectives that he set out in the campaign to the Argentines.”
“Within the Constitution everything, outside the Constitution, nothing. Whatever the Constitution allows, the President will do and he will use all the tools that exist,” he confirmed.
Francos highlighted that on the path to “fighting inflation, which means reducing spending, the Government has reached zero deficit in January” and warned that “crises are not solved by issuing counterfeit currency or going into debt.”
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Also, he anticipated that in order to move forward with some reforms, the ruling party will try to propose projects later. “There are several issues in this law that we must address at another time, we must let the foam subside,” he explained.
Francos also referred to the possibility of the Government displacing national officials close to some governors, such as the head of the Anses, Osvaldo Giordano, whose wife, the deputy of Hacemos Coalificación Federal, Alejandra Torres, voted against the economic reform law. “The President will make the decision, he will analyze the general context and make the decision that he sees fit,” she said.