The signal that Javier Milei is exploring, once again, an alliance with the PRO 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. Depending on how the Government moves, for the Radical Civic Union, meanwhile, it implies new risks of bankruptcy.
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 problems 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 in the yellow bench they have already warned that not everyone would be willing to be part, that there are conditions and that, in any case, there is a lot of prior discussion missing, including a talk between Mauricio Macri and Milei, who returns to Argentina this Tuesday.
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To begin with, in the PRO they do not forget that in December everything seemed closed so that their block leader in Deputies, Cristian Ritondo, was the president of the Lower House and finally Milei chose the Riojan Martín Menem. Several legislators took note in the last hours that Casa Rosada once again made it clear that there would be no “co-government”, nor a reconfiguration of the Cabinet, nor will there be too much decision-making power shared.
The head of the PRO block in Deputies, Cristian Ritondo (Photo: NA).
In other words, the stage is open, and with the same caution and suspicion that was expressed in a good part of the PRO, their former JxC partners observed, such as the UCR, which has a bloc of 34 deputies, or in dialogue blocs such as We Make the Federal Coalition. , which has 23, commanded by Miguel Pichetto.
“There is a change in the configuration of the political arc. The PRO is more comfortable with Milei, we know it from the campaign. We celebrate that it joins with La Libertad Avanza because it organizes in ideological terms and gives the chance to build a strong opposition, other than Kirchnerism. There is an intense center, radicalism, non-Kirchnerist Peronism, the Civic Coalition, socialism, there is a lot,” stated in the last hours an important radical leader, from the wing hardest on the Government.
It is worth remembering that the Milei Government also has a radical member: the Minister of Defense, Luis Petri, who, according to party and parliamentary sources, has been accelerating contacts in recent days with national leaders and legislators who supported the Omnibus Law in Deputies.
In the last hours, after the Executive – starting with Patricia Bullrich – announced its intention to reach an agreement with the PRO, Petri published a message for his coreligionists. “Radicalism has to be part of the change that is transforming Argentina, it cannot remain embraced by Kirchnerism that led it to misery. It is progress or decline. How Alem said 'Good men must unite,'” she wrote on her X account.
The head of the UCR block in Deputies, Rodrigo de Loredo, in his speech in one of the sessions for the Omnibus Law (Photo: NA).
“Everything depends on the Government. If there is a clear position, a serious call to build something, well, several radicals who had a very cooperative position would be challenged a lot. But we are quite skeptical that they will be able to build a prolonged agreement, to sustain a parliamentary majority. The precedent is bad. If the rules of the game are: blacklists of deputies, zero decision-making power for allies, or living at risk of a governance crisis as with the DNU, then there is no way,” said one of the deputies who participated this weekend. of the contacts.
Now, beyond skepticism, the different sectors of the UCR saw the potential agreement between the Government and the PRO as a good sign to try to resume dialogue in Congress, after Milei seemed to cut all bridges with the opposition. last week, when the treatment of the Omnibus Law failed.
“With 70 deputies you are still unable to do anything. But La Libertad Avanza needs the PRO, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Any PRO deputy is far superior in capacity to those of the ruling party, it has become clear in recent weeks,” said another radical deputy, who recalled that the yellow bloc not only maintained unity in the vote – something that the libertarians did not achieve – but also They worked and defended the project more than the official legislators themselves.
The head of the Hacemo Federal Coalition bloc in Deputies, Miguel Pichetto (REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian).By: REUTERS
They had the same reading in HCF, a heterogeneous space made up of former JxC linked to provincial governors, the Civic Coalition, socialism and Peronism from Córdoba. In the bloc led by Pichetto, they interpreted the signal from the libertarian government with the PRO as a recognition of its parliamentary weakness, but above all an attempt to recompose the scenario in Congress and a search for “governability.”
“It is important to do so and not break with some sectors that were allies and with which there were nuances and differences, which should not have been resolved at the level of controversy. Our country needs tranquility with a path of peace, the Government must build and consolidate a majority in both chambers to be able to govern. If the bridges are broken, it is difficult to build that majority,” Pichetto said this weekend in a radio interview.