The consequences of the failure of the Omnibus Law in the Chamber of Deputies are still noticeable in Argentine politics. The direct consequence was the intensification of tensions between President Javier Milei and the governors, which were already heading in the wrong direction due to the dispute over shared funds and discretionary contributions.
The climax of the disagreements came with the request for the resignation of the officials who reported to the governors of Córdoba, Martín Llaryora, and of Salta, Gustavo Sáenz. Thus, Osvaldo Giordano (ANSES) and Flavia Royón (Mining) lost their place in the cabinet, but the decision was also made to eliminate the Compensation Fund for the Interior, which directly affected transportation subsidies in the interior of the country.
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Previously, the President had called the provincial leaders “traitors,” as well as the deputies who voted against the Omnibus Law. Milei's belligerence found a response in the governors, who mostly doubled down, although some left the door open to dialogue.
The President targeted the governors and blamed them for the failure of the Omnibus Law. (Photo: X @JMilei)
“The country that Milei is building is unitary,” said the head of the We Make United for Córdoba bloc in the Legislature, Miguel Siciliano. “Córdoba never knelt before the central power, it is not going to allow withholdings from the countryside to increase,” he added in radio statements.
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Along the same lines, Siciliano stated that the country “is not going to come out with blows, threats, punishing governors, making blacklists” while clarifying that “we are always willing to sit down and seek dialogue despite the treatment they give us, not “There is Córdoba without Argentina, just as there is no Argentina without the provinces.” And he stated: “Argentina does not need more cracks, governing does not mean doing it with everyone who says yes.”
Days ago, Llaryora stated that he will continue to provide benefits in passenger transportation after the removal of the subsidy on fares that the provinces received from the national government, and described the decision as “arbitrary.” “It is not time to respond to grievances or insults, it is time for dialogue and consensus,” she warned on the social network X.
Alberto Weretilneck (Río Negro) was open to recovering dialogue with Milei, although he asked for improvements. (Photo: Capture of X/@herrerayflia).
Another president who left open the chance to rebuild the relationship with the Nation was Alberto Weretilneck (Río Negro). “I would sit at a table if the President calls because dialogue has to be a priority for any democrat and any ruler. The breaking of the relationship between a provincial jurisdiction and the nation is the last tool,” he expressed.
In statements over the weekend to Radio Seis de Bariloche, Weretilneck clarified: “The president sent a Law and it was the governors who gave meaning to the discussion. Now, if the way is this, when we are criminals and extortionists it is very difficult to have the spirit to dialogue.”
In the last few hours, vice governors from all over the country signed a statement in which they point out that “the central government continues to promote policies and implement measures that in two months have worsened a situation that was very complicated, and that required restraint, knowledge, experience, responsibility and great empathy with Argentines.” And they stressed: “We ask President Milei to stop holding Argentines hostage in his political battles.”
The document was signed by the vice-governors Verónica Magario (Buenos Aires), Rubén Dusso (Catamarca), Teresita Madera (La Rioja), Alicia Mayoral (La Pampa), Carlos Silva Neder (Santiago del Estero), Antonio Marocco (Salta), Pedro Pesatti ( Río Negro), Eber Solís (Formosa), Lucas Romero Spinelli (Misiones) and Alberto Bernis (Jujuy).