08/11/2020 - 22:18
With the judicial reform project and analysis of changes in the Supreme Court, the government of Alberto FernándezIt has placed two of the powers of the State in check. Justice is in a deliberative situation. Congress may be heading for another paralysis -or an anomalous functioning- as a result of the disagreement between the ruling party and the opposition of Cambiemos.
It is worth putting things in context. On the occasion of the quarantine, the Judiciary functioned only in a fair mode - as in recess times - from March 20 to July 20. Four months. Congress remained closed until May 13, when the Senate held the first virtual session. That is, almost two months. The opening responded to the need to approve the parva of presidential DNUs due to the pandemic. There were twenty of a first serve.
The homogeneous decision of Cambiemos not to renew the protocol that expired the previous Friday for remote sessions responds to two reasons. The introduction of judicial reform that does not seem to fit, objectively, with the urgencies of the pandemic. In addition, the attitude that the vice president, Cristina Fernández, had in the Senate during the first half of the remote sessions.
What happened? After the first meetings by teleconference, the former president unilaterally concluded the protocol that she had signed with the opposition. In that pact it was agreed that the issues to be addressed would be linked to the pandemic. As Cambiemos refused to grant two-thirds for the treatment on tables of the Rent Law and Distance Education, the vice president dynamited that pact .
Later, other episodes occurred that ended up deepening mistrust. On two occasions, Cristina closed the microphone in the middle of the session to Luis Naidenoff, head of the interblock, and Esteban Bullrich, from the PRO. Both held a debate with senators of the ruling party.
This behavior of the vice president and the suspicion that the judicial reform and the possible modifications in the Court are directly related to their causes of corruption were decisive for Cambiemos to decide not to continue with the virtual sessions.
Uniting the opposition
Both situations come amalgamating an opposition front that, at first glance, exhibits differences. But terror gathers them. To such an extent that in the meeting held by teleconference on Monday, Mauricio Macri took part from France. His trip has been the subject of bitter discussions in the coalition. They would have even acquired greater intensity, surely, if the Kirchnerist offensive had not burst onto the scene .
The former president spoke little and did so exclusively about the judicial reform project. He supposes it to Cristina's measure and also, in an inverse sense, to her own measure. In Justice there are new causes that involve the former president: the supposed spy network that has prosecuted the former heads of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI), Gustavo Arribas and Silvia Majdalani . Others are old and have a close resolution: that of the Post Office, for example.
The prudence of the engineer helped the waters not to stir in Cambiemos . Also to the fact that a remote uncertainty was filed but that is uncomfortable there: the future of Macri, his hypothetical candidacy next year. This rumor has such intensity that in the last hours the version about a nomination for senator from Córdoba circulated. That position is not elected in Buenos Aires or in Capital. The conjecture was dismissed from the vicinity of the former president.
Nor was another duality discussed, which is a frequent reason for interpellations in Cambiemos. How to combine resistance to judicial reform with the public collaboration that Horacio Rodríguez Larreta maintains with the President and Axel Kicillof at the AMBA for the administration of the pandemic?
Days ago Macri, from abroad, and Rodríguez Larreta had a conversation alone. Where the engineer endorsed the autonomy of the Head of the City government to make decisions at the most critical moment of the disease. "We must not mix things up," the former president reportedly said. I would prefer not to interfere in a matter of the highest popular sensitivity. That, on the other hand, yields good dividends in the weighting of the Buenos Aires boss.It is clear that Cambiemos cannot put at risk the most valuable political territory it controls.
The K's target Larreta
Rodríguez Larreta has also been placed on the radar of Kirchnerism. A while ago for Cristina. Recently, by Alberto himself. Intermittently, by Kicillof and his troops. The Minister of Health of Buenos Aires, Daniel Gollan, insisted in the last hours that the increase in infections would come from the City. Those downloads would explain Rodríguez Larreta's conservative attitude to the extension of the quarantine that would be announced on Friday.
Kirchnerism came out to strike as soon as Cambiemos unified its position on judicial reform. As always, political interests intersect with old personal troubles. Sergio Massa objected to the opposition stance and did not deprive himself of underlining Macri's absence from the country, in the midst of the pandemic. The head of the Chamber of Deputies could never emotionally overcome the nickname that the engineer once stamped on him from power: "little advantage", he called it.
Sergio Massa moves amidst conflicting currents. It supports the reform although it does not agree with the possible changes in the Court. His lack of fire, perhaps, forced the intervention of Deputy K, Cecilia Moreau . "The opposition acts on a whim and we are not going to close the Congress," warned the second of the All Front bloc, led by Máximo Kirchner . The political word in Argentina always seems underpinned only by a poor opportunism: it was the Government that immobilized Congress when the coronavirus landed in the country.