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The new deputies take office, LIVE: the authorities and the composition of each bloc are defined

2023-12-07T14:38:09.095Z

Highlights: The new composition of the Chamber of Deputies elects this Thursday its new authorities for the Lower House. Martín Menem from La Rioja is the one chosen by President-elect Javier Milei. The Frente de Todos (FdT) ratified that, with 105 members, it will continue as the bench with the largest number of members of the lower house. For the new ruling party La Libertad Avanza, the final composition has not yet been made official, but it is estimated that the interbloc would have 40 members.


Martín Menem is the one chosen by Javier Milei to preside over the Lower House.The Frente de Todos will continue as the caucus with the largest number of members.


The new composition of the Chamber of Deputies elects this Thursday its new authorities for the Lower House and the plenary of the body would vote at 12 noon as president to Martín Menem from La Rioja, the one chosen by President-elect Javier Milei.

As for the formation of the blocs, the Frente de Todos (FdT) ratified that, with 105 members, it will continue as the bench with the largest number of members of the lower house, and that Germán Martínez from Santa Fe will continue as president of the bloc.

In the meeting held by some deputies referred to in provincial leaderships, the formation of a new bloc outside the FdT was insinuated, but finally it was agreed to maintain a kind of truce until March so as not to lose political volume in the face of the other forces in the Chamber.

For the new ruling party, La Libertad Avanza, the final composition has not yet been made official, but it is estimated that the interbloc would have 40 members - including the three legislators from Salta of the space "Ahora Patria" - and that the president of the bench would be Oscar Zago from Buenos Aires.

As for Together for Change, the possibility of continuing as an interbloc has not materialized until now, but it has managed to avoid the rupture of the founding blocs: the PRO and the UCR, which in the previous days experienced moments of internal convulsions.

The Frente PRO bloc resolved to remain united and ratify Cristian Ritondo as president, after a meeting in which it was agreed that "the best thing for the party is to be together." At that meeting, the premise of talking with the rest of the members of JxC was agreed upon to evaluate whether to continue with the interbloc modality.

At Wednesday's meeting, it was confirmed that the yellow caucus will have 40 members and will be headed by Ritondo, thus settling the previous differences that ventured the possibility of the space being divided into two or three sub-blocks.

That possibility had arisen after an internal sector questioned the rapprochement of former President Mauricio Macri and the head of the PRO, Patricia Bullrich, with Milei, and after the governors of the space expressed their intentions to have a greater role in decision-making.

"We are going to collaborate with the next government because the people voted for change. We have the figures to do it and the role that the allied governors gave us," Ritondo said in statements to the press at the end of the meeting held on the fifth floor of the annex building.

On the other hand, the Radicalism achieved its unification between the UCR bench and Radical Evolution, and will be presided over by Rodrigo de Loredo from Cordoba, after the division that had occurred between a sector of the Radicalism allied to Martín Lousteau and another that responds to the current party authorities that are headed by the governor of Jujuy. Gerardo Morales.

A bench led by De Loredo had been formed with 23 members, and another of 12 headed by the surgeon of the province of Buenos Aires, Facundo Manes, which will now be unified with 35 members and will be led by the leader from Cordoba, who after two years of divisions returned to have a single bloc.

As part of the agreement, the UCR will promote Manes as third vice president of the chamber in the place currently occupied by Julio Cobos from Mendoza, UCR parliamentary sources reported.

In addition, it was agreed to appoint Karina Banfi as first vice president of the bloc, who has held that role since 2021, and to ratify Soledad Carrizo in the Parliamentary Secretariat.

The third force derived from what is JxC is the Encuentro Federal bloc, whose main figures are Emilio Monzó and Margarita Stolbizer, which announced that from December 10 it will be called "Cambio Federal", will be made up of nine members and its president will be the historic senator Miguel Pichetto, who will assume his seat on Sunday.

With a low profile, after the differences with the PRO over the definitions of some of its leaders in favor of Milei's candidacy, the Civic Coalition - six members - declared itself "autonomous" and willing to discuss "law by law."

The rest of the forces in the lower house are Interbloque Federal (8); United Provinces (6); Ser Santa Cruz (2) and the Left (5).

The ruling party bench -La Libertad Avanza- will have 7 members; and other minority spaces will add up to 8, to complete the 72 senators.

Source: clarin

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