President Javier Milei finished his tour of Israel and Italy and returned to Argentina. This Monday he held a private audience with Pope Francis and after that he met with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, and the prime minister, Giorgia Meloni.
Now he faces a new key challenge for his Government, among which is a possible agreement with the PRO to expand the ruling party's bloc in Deputies and negotiate the transfer of relevant positions as a bargaining chip, after the changes in the cabinet.
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The UCR pressures Martín Menem to appoint the bicameral commission to deal with Milei's mega DNU
February 13, 2024, 12:00 p.m.
The UCR requested the formation “without delay” of the bicameral commission to deal with the deregulatory decree of the economy. (Photo: NA).
The Radical Civic Union asked the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Martin Menemto appoint “urgently and without further delay” the members of the DNU Bicameral because “that is the only pending step so that it can function.”
They did so through a letter that they delivered to the Deputies' ticket table with the signature of the president of the National Committee, Martín Lousteau; vice presidents Inés Brizuela y Doria and Luis Naidenoff; the heads of the deputies and senators blocs, Rodrigo De Loredo and Eduardo Vischi and the vice presidents of the deputies and senators blocs, Karina Banfi and Pablo Blanco.
Martín Menem crossed the deputies “who do not fully define themselves”: “They stop the true transformation of Argentina”
February 13, 2024, 10:28 a.m.
The president of the Chamber of Deputies, Martín Menem, spoke about the Possible alliance of the PRO and La Libertad Avanza in Congress to swell the ruling bloc that is in the minority.
“I believe that there is some ideological correspondence from an important sector of the PRO, let us remember that in the general elections President Milei got 30% and Patricia 24% and they are the wing that wanted to accompany the project,” he expressed in dialogue with Radio Miter.
In the same sense, he recalled that the PRO accompanied the vote on the Omnibus Law, but clarified that the possible agreement will be the decision of the president. “The person who received the greatest number of votes was La Libertad Avanza, so it was President Milei who ended up defining the course of Argentina,” he remarked.
In addition, he noted that he welcomes the opportunity to work with a single block president within Congress. “I see possible working together,” held.
Martín Menem, president of the Chamber of Deputies, crossed the legislators “who have not fully defined themselves.” (Photo: Chamber of Deputies Press)
And on the other hand, he crossed the opposition deputies: “Maybe it is an appreciation, when they don't see it they don't see it. Argentina voted for a president to do exactly what he is doing and raised it through a DNU and a law. This way of hindering what the people chose poses a divorce between a sector of politics and what the people voted for.”
“There is a sector of some legislators who remain in the middle, who do not fully define which side they are on and there is no room for lukewarmness in Argentina, the lukewarm ones of 2015 who prevented Macri from making a successful government are the same who are proposing this same way to stop the true transformation that the country needs. You have to play for one side or the other, otherwise the same thing will happen: Kirchnerism returns when there are lukewarm people in the middle who say 'no, not so much',” he added.
Also, the libertarian official crossed Martín Lousteau for requesting the formation of the bicameral: “There are people who sign that note who have nothing to do with it, he is a senator who has no interference or relevance in the request.” And, in reference to the attitude of the senator and the UCR, he added: “It catches my attention that there is so much talk about the bicameral when they have been for quite some time without opening their mouths, the DNU of Alberto Fernández has not yet passed for them, it was a long time without functioning, they have a certain selective memory.”
Pichetto spoke about the possible alliance between the Government and the PRO in Congress: “It would give it a higher base”
February 13, 2024, 09:30 a.m.
The deputy and president of the We Make Federal Coalition bloc, Miguel Ángel Pichetto, asked for “more dialogue” from the Government. (Photo: NA/Daniel Vides).
Miguel Ángel Pichetto highlighted the possible alliance that could be developing between the Government and the PRO after the failure in the approval of the Omnibus Law, but clarified that it would not be enough for the ruling party.
“It is not strange that it could happen, it would give it a slightly higher parliamentary base, but it also lacks it,” said the deputy for We Make the Federal Coalition in dialogue with Joaquín Morales Solá in Desde el Llano.
Pichetto stressed that Argentina “needs the construction of an agreement with governors, prosecutors and Congress” and assured that the Omnibus Law would have been approved if the Government had had “some flexibility.”
In that sense, he noted: “The President must look very carefully at the 144 votes that determined the general triumph of the law. If there had been some flexibility, the Government could have had a significant majority, the law would have been passed and symbolically for the president it would have been very valuable.”
The legislator stated that he was “very concerned” about the privatization chapter of the Omnibus Law and indicated that there were a series of companies that should be excluded from that list: “YPF, Banco Nación, Arsat, are fundamental assets for Argentina. Atucha cannot be given to a private party either, we must have majority state control.”
In that sense, Pichetto clarified that if he considered sending each privatization to Congress for analysis “he would not have seen any type of impediment.”. “There would have been a qualitative leap, progress would have been made,” considered.
What are the political challenges that Javier Milei will have to face after his meeting with Pope Francis?
February 13, 2024, 09:00 a.m.
Javier Milei returned to Argentina, waiting for a meeting with Mauricio Macri to negotiate a possible agreement with the PRO (Photo: NA – Presidency).
After a positive tour of Israel, the Vatican and Rome, which included a meeting with the Pope FranciscoPresident, Javier Mileyreturned to Argentina and must face the challenges of local politics with key issues for his Government, which has among its axes a eventual agreement with the PRO to swell the ruling party's bloc in Deputies, in a minority, and negotiate the transfer of relevant positions as a bargaining chip, after the changes in the cabinet.
The possible alliance between the Government and the PRO worries the former JxC partners, but doubts remain about the libertarian intentions
February 13, 2024, 08:00 a.m.
The Chamber of Deputies, during the treatment of the Omnibus Law. (Photo NA / JUAN VARGAS)
The sign that Javier Milei explores, once again, an alliance with the PRO It unleashed a weekend full of speculation not only within the yellow party, where there are still great doubts about the nature of the possible agreement with the Executive. His former partners from Together for Change see, in addition to “sincerity”, the possibility that the ruling party redirects some type of dialogue with the opposition in Congress after the failure of the Omnibus Law, but doubts persist about the true libertarian intentions. According to how the Government moves, for the Radical Civic Union, meanwhile, it implies new risks of breakage.
If something became clear during the treatment and subsequent shipwreck of the reform package in the Deputies, it is that La Libertad Avanza, in addition to being in a clear minority in both parliamentary chambers, has serious drawbacks when negotiating a project with the rest of the blocks. The PRO has 37 deputies, the ruling party has 38. An interbloc could add 75 members, but the yellow bench has already warned that not everyone would be willing to take partthat there are conditions and that, in any case, much prior discussion is missing, including a talk between Mauricio Macri and Milei, who returns to Argentina this Tuesday.