José Luis Espert confirmed on Thursday his entry into Together for Change, after months of negotiations. He did so with the welcome given to him by two national candidates of the opposition coalition, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Patricia Bullrich. Hours after his entry, the deputy confirmed that he will also compete for the presidential candidacy.
"I entered as a candidate for president from Avanza Libertad within Cambiemos [sic]," Espert said hours after the announcement of his incorporation into the opposition coalition.
In this way, Espert joins Rodríguez Larreta, Bullrich, Gerardo Morales (UCR) and Elisa Carrió (Civic Coalition).
"Since the entry of Avanza Libertad, the main opposition space is widened, fortified. It is liberalism institutionally, it is not a person," Espert said in a dialogue with Radio Rivadavia. "The important thing today, the great news, is that the main opposition to Kirchnerism, populism that must be eradicated forever, has a chance to do so with liberalism inside," he added.
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The economist celebrated his entrance to JxC with images with Rodríguez Larreta and Bullrich, in a show of unity amid the fierce internal for the possible incorporation of the Cordovan Juan Schiaretti to the opposition alliance.
"It is the feeling of being a pledge of unity and some pacification among so much internecine fighting that took place in the previous days. That's the idea of the photos," he explained of his posts.
On the other hand, they consulted him about his closeness to the head of the Buenos Aires Government and the possibility that he has entered as a battering ram to erode the possibilities of the former Minister of Security.
"I've been a liberal for 35 years, so who's going to doubt my intention to compete anywhere to defend liberal ideas. In 2019 I was told that it was functional to Kirchnerism. Now someone may think that I enter Cambiemos to [erode Bullrich]... no way! I enter to bring liberal votes, disenchanted votes, people with doubts," he added in the radio interview.
And he stressed: "The first winner is the coalition that opposes Kirchnerism."
He also spoke about a possible rupture of Together for Change, as a result of tensions between the two PRO leaders, exacerbated by the negotiations to add the governor of Córdoba, Juan Schiaretti.
"I don't know how to rub the lamp," Espert acknowledged. "I will do the impossible, now that I am inside and that I am a pledge of unity, so that the coalition does not break up. It would be very dangerous for Argentina to break up."
In that sense, he warned that a rupture would be "not very responsible".
"For the amount of reforms that have to be made, and that we have to face so much mafia, so much political density is needed that it would be little responsible from a political and civic point of view to break the coalition," said the deputy for the Province of Buenos Aires.
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