The public discussion about the regulations and the agenda that ended up bringing down the session of the Senate this Thursday, is just a sample of the true political struggle in the background: who has dominance in the Upper House.
Until February - when the bloc of the Frente de Todos, which had a majority with allies, broke up - the undisputed power belonged to Vice President Cristina Kirchner.
But the escape of four of her legislators created a new reality.
The united opposition of Together for Change and the Federal Unity bloc was willing to make a demonstration of that brand new force and open the venue with its own agenda and without the Frente de Todos.
However, the ruling party, looking for a way to block that possibility and not give up, built strategies to, in football terms, "run the goal."
The course that led to the failure of this session was plagued by these little tricks, which are lost in a tedious technical debate.
Because while the opposition calls the ruling party "cheaters" and the Frente de Todos accuses Together for Change of "insensitive", the pipers are paid by the projects.
"They want to benefit by leaving us as the bad guys. But we all lose, because nobody understands this fight. The only one who wins is (Javier) Milei," says an opponent.
"It happens that we cannot allow the rules to be mocked all the time, because institutions, democracy are lost," he added.
By regulation, when five or more senators request a session, the Presidency must convene.
The Federal Unity bloc and Together for Change had requested special sessions last week: one for this Wednesday and another for Thursday.
The presidency did not convene them as expected.
He took a session request that the Frente de Todos also presented, on the edge, and unified them in this Thursday's session, mixing topics.
Thus the session would not belong to anyone in particular, but to everyone.
The special sessions have the particularity that only the topics requested there are discussed.
But the ruling party included topics that were not included in any of the requests for sessions made and did not include others that were.
Later they argued that it was because they had submitted a request to remove some files and incorporate others that nobody found out about.
This is how the session came to be.
For this reason, when the ruling party interpreted the regulation in such a way that two thirds were needed to approve a motion that the opposition considered to be voted with a simple majority, everything ended up exploding.
"They tried to impose, today, a capricious legislative agenda and far from the issues that really concern Argentines and Argentines, for petty political interests," denounced the Frente de Todos.
The truth is that all these issues have had an opinion since November and President Alberto Fernández included them on the extraordinary agenda.
The ruling party lost its majority in February:
why has it never dealt with them in all that time?
"The only explanation is that when Cristina loses her majority in the Senate, she rots," launched the radical Alfredo Cornejo.
"The only truth is reality. And Kirchnerism does not accept it. It does not accept that 38 votes are more than 35. They do not accept that they lost their numbers in a vote and then violate the regulations to continue winning," added his peer Luis Naidenoff.
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