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Maximum tension in the Government: how it went from the angry inmate to the 'photo of the unit'


Minute by minute chronicle on how the Ensenada staging was created, which included Cristina Kirchner. From the failed departure of Federico Basualdo to doubts about Martín Guzmán.

Federico Mayol

05/06/2021 9:23 AM

  • Clarí

  • Politics

Updated 05/06/2021 10:07

After the 72 hours of crossed fury between Friday and Sunday, with the damage already done, they understood that the best thing was that the blood does not reach the river.

"The photo of the unit" that Alberto Fernández brought up this Wednesday at noon in Ensenada, 24 hours earlier, did not appear on the official agenda.

The event was planned in advance, but only with the participation of the President,

Governor Axel Kicillof, Minister Jorge Ferraresi and Mayor Mario Secco as the main protagonists. Sergio Massa was not going to be from the game. Much less Cristina Kirchner, who reserves her presence for very specific occasions. This time he chose silence: the message was the photo.

The failed departure of the Undersecretary of Energy,

Federico Basualdo

, and the discredit that

Martín Guzmán

reaped during the weekend;

the political loss of prestige in which the head of state was once again submerged;

the counteroffensive of La Cámpora that kept Cristina Kirchner more than entertained between Saturday and Sunday, and the fragility of the bond of the Frente de Todos partners forced the main actors of the coalition to cool down the dispute, once they finished pass the corresponding invoices. 

Alberto Fernández speaks at the Ensenada ceremony with Cristina Kirchner.

According to official sources,

Fernández and Cristina Kirchner spoke on Tuesday to finish formalizing



, the last


of which had taken place in December, at the Diego Maradona stadium in La Plata.

The afternoon in which, coincidentally, the former president asked "to align salaries and pensions, prices and rates." 

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, which on Tuesday declared the unconstitutionality of the DNU, which suspended school attendance, finally convinced the government of the need to be united.

The presence of Cristina Kirchner was confirmed a while after the decision of the highest court.

And the head of state took the opportunity to radicalize his position before the court judges.

In line with her.

As circulated in the last hours in the official offices, the political mess around the resignation of the undersecretary of Energy that Guzmán publicized behind the back of the Patria Institute surprised even the President himself, who had authorized the official's departure together with

Santiago Cafiero


In the middle of the internship, La Cámpora distributed a photo of the Undersecretary of Electric Power, Federico Basualdo, with the Union of Light and Power.

Fernández, they say, was obfuscated by the "



This was made known to Guzmán, and he made sure that it transpired to try to soften the fury of Kirchnerism, first fired by the way in which the minister executed the maneuver, and by the decision to advance in a double-digit increase in the Electricity rates in advance of the electoral calendar in Greater Buenos Aires, the heart of the K vote.

In recent days,

Cafiero, Eduardo "Wado" de Pedro - the most important member of La Cámpora along with Máximo Kirchner

- and the head of the FdT's block of Deputies exchanged messages to calm the spirits.

And freeze the discussion. 

On Monday, the meeting of

the heads - spokespersons - of the official communication of the Casa Rosada and of Kirchnerism

, which has been meeting with some frequency for a few weeks, was entirely traversed by the



At times, it was tense.

For example, the content of some passages of a couple of journalistic articles that did not cause any grace in La Cámpora on Sunday were enlisted.

Martín Guzmán, along with Alberto Fernández.

The Minister of Economy remains in a difficult situation.

The conclusion, however, was that the foam had to be lowered


End the dispute, and do damage control.

At the same time, the same Casa Rosada officials who over the weekend insisted that the now-famous Undersecretary Basualdo would leave his post at some point, retracted: "

They're all still


The discussion, now, is what will happen with the reduction of subsidies and the increase in rates for Edenor and Edesur clients that Guzmán intends to implement after the 9% increase published late on Friday in the Official Gazette.

Over the weekend, spokesmen for the Ministry of Economy assured, hit by the political setback, that the underlying debate was economic, and that the most fair thing was to evaluate the dispute over the final result of the tariff unfreeze that the minister wants to impose through a segmentation program that, they swear, Basualdo never finished.

Kicillof, a central protagonist of the fight, gave his opinion on Monday: "

If you talk about an increase, it cannot exceed the one established at 9%, that discussion is already settled


Resilient, after the event, Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner got on the van together and visited a vaccination center after the delivery of homes in Ensenada.

The dilemma is

the scope of the unit forced

this Wednesday.

And how long will the tense calm agreed upon, until now, by the main actors of the government coalition last. 

"Some of the measures and decisions recently adopted seem to indicate an advance by the less rational part of the economic team, especially after the surprising inflationary acceleration of March-21.

Volatility could once again take center stage in the face of an exit from the Minister of Economy

", It is one of the highlights of the local scene from this week's report by a renowned economic consultancy.

It is titled "The End of the Tense Calm?"

Source: clarin

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