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Alberto Fernández interpreted Máximo Kirchner's criticism as his own victory


In Santo Domingo, from the President's inner circle they point out that Kirchnerism accepted that there will be inmates, as the Casa Rosada claimed.

When the Aerolíneas Argentinas charter flight AR-1019 landed 10 minutes before 6:00 p.m. this Friday at the Santo Domingo Airport, the first thing

Alberto Fernández

and the rest of his small entourage did was the same as any passenger without Wi-Fi does when a plane (without WiFi) touches the runway:

turn on cell phones, check messages and news


Only then did the President, Foreign Minister

Santiago Cafiero,

Secretary General of the Presidency

Julio Vitobello,

and spokeswoman

Gabriela Cerruti

learn of the new challenge that

Máximo Kirchner

had just launched during the march on March 24.


If someone gets angry, we go to elections and society defines

," said the head of

La Cámpora

as he led the demonstration towards the Plaza de Mayo for Remembrance Day.

There was no time for any exhaustive analysis of Kirchner's statements, much less for an extensive official or informal response.

Fernández descended the steps, walked the red carpet guarded by the honor guard and left quickly -in the security capsule- to his hotel, to prepare for the first meeting with the other 19 heads of State and Government participating in the Summit in the Caribbean country, which formally began this Saturday.

The first readings of the sayings of Cristina Kirchner's son coincided with the last ones, around midnight.

They prepare for the STEP.

That's good



must be unfenced and

internal participation promoted,” they explained close to the President, who on Thursday before leaving

he dined alone with Estela de Carlotto

, at the house of the head of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

Since November 17, 2021, Fernández has proposed primaries in all levels of the official ballot, a bet that irritated La Rosada. 

In the presidential delegation they marked what seems to be a

strategic and discursive shift in

hard-line Kirchnerism, which until a few months ago stated in Kirchner's voice that it would be very "rare" for the President to have internal competition, another way of saying that Fernández should step down.

Alberto Fernández with the Spanish Pedro Sánchez.

Strictly speaking, the desire for the President to decline his candidacy as soon as possible did not diminish.

Yesterday Andrés Larroque presented it.

The re-election is already behind us.

There are no sectors that raise that

”, He sentenced.

Even so, the leaders in whom Fernández trusts the most valued that this time "

there were no disqualifications

" of the President as in the past. Those most loyal to the head of state insist that

there is no way to avoid the primaries

, but stress that there is no it is clear that he is going to be the candidate.

Just in case,

Wado de Pedro ignored Daniel Scioli

last Tuesday.

"There can be no big finger, the people are the ones who have to define it," explain albertistas who also light a candle to the former governor and motorboat.

In the presidential entourage that accompanies the president, they insist that if there are no primaries,

Peronism is marching towards certain suicide


Two arguments support this thesis.

On the one hand, the competitive PASO of Together for Change, which has already proven to be effective in 2021, unlike the Frente de Todos unit.

On the other, they highlighted the


that exposed the recent election in the Cordoba town of

La Falda


They were not referring to the beating that Peronism suffered (it lost 70 to 30 against JxC) but to the

very low turnout

- barely 51 percent - that threatens to become the constant in the provincial and national elections.

Before leaving Santo Domingo to travel to the United States, Fernández's small table embraces the primaries as an antidote to the general rejection of politics.

Fernández usually confides to his friends that the entire electoral menu of the ruling party and the opposition -in which he is included- is "worn out".

The political diagnosis of Albertismo the same as in December and February: there is

a race or fights between dwarves

with candidates who do not measure more than 10 points, although they recognize that CFK's finger can still have a decisive influence.

Or not. 

According to the latest polls by Julio Aurelio, who consumes in La Rosada, there are no chances of a three-way tie that could leave the ruling party out of a second round.

Indignity has already reached its ceiling

”, they reflect on the apparent 21 percent that Javier Milei would add.

According to that same survey, JxC leads with 31 points of voting intention and the FDT is only 3 points below.

For an administration that exceeds 102 percent year-on-year inflation, it seems like an epic.

In this framework, the President's sides discount that it will be necessary for the

ruling party table that debuted on February 16

to have a second version with many fewer leaders than the 33 guests at the PJ headquarters.

That meeting, as they think, should serve to set rules and not be a collective catharsis session again. 

The President - wearing a white guayabera, like the rest of the 19 heads of State and Government present at the Summit - exhibited a firmness in his speech that he cannot replicate in Buenos Aires.

He claimed, like Spain, that the final declaration refer without euphemisms to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He makes sense, in three days he will trade the 90-degree and proximity of the Caribbean for the autumn chill in Washington, where he will travel to meet Joe Biden at the White House after visiting New York.

Close to the president, they also choose to see themselves in the mirror of the US president who everyone thought was dead in electoral terms and who recovered his approval numbers.

Special Envoy to Santo Domingo

Source: clarin

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