This Friday, before noon, Mauricio Macri and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta
will see each other alone again
It is a conversation that both have been waiting for for different reasons.
Macri wants Rodríguez Larreta
to accept that there is only one PRO candidate
for Head of Government in the City of Buenos Aires and support his candidate for that position: Jorge Macri.
He also wants that decision to happen in March.
Rodríguez Larreta, on the other hand, hopes that Macri
agrees to postpone that definition of his own succession
in the City, because he believes that there are no reasons to speed up news that, if delayed, could help the PRO to better negotiate with its radicalism partners. in the city and also at the national level.
At this point, the great definition, more than the unified PRO candidacy, is whether they will allow Martín Lousteau to stick his name on the PASO to a pre-candidate for president of the PRO or if the economist should hang his ballot among the candidates of the PRO radicalism.
There is another issue where their aspirations collide.
Rodríguez Larreta, in
one of the few feelings that he shares with his rival
Patricia Bullrich, hopes that Macri will say explicitly, in an interview or with a post on social networks, that he will not be a candidate.
You'll have to wait for that to happen, if ever.
In recent months, Macri told his own team several times that
he had no intention of running
But that changed in the last few days.
When he returned from Europe he began to repeat in private conversations that
he has not yet defined whether he will compete or not
The former president held several conversations with first-rate businessmen and other leaders who, according to himself, "he listens to a lot."
In that round there were several requests for him to stand for election.
Macri responded to one of those requests with a challenge: "Well, say it in public
"I want to meet with more people I respect and
only after that will I decide what to do
," Macri said in one of the conversations he had this week.
On that list of pending meetings is the one that he will hold this Friday with Rodríguez Larreta and another that will be organized with
, with whom he usually has more spontaneous and less announced appointments than those he has with the Head of Government.
The leaders who work with Rodríguez Larreta believe that Macri's delay is
a strategy to maintain the power
he has within Together for Change, an influence that he recovered, especially after last year's opposition victory.
The Head of Government, who knows Macri a little more than those who accompany him in his candidacy, prefers not to make these analyses.
Since last year he has said in private that his most difficult rival in the race - even if he does not show up - is Macri.
When he said he was not playing, Macri had already made three decisions: never say which candidate for PRO president he prefers, win a place in the Together for Change campaign, and maintain an important voice in 2024 to ensure that his ideas will be respected. in a possible government.
to those three certainties he added a doubt that can change the scenario
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