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There will be no "Together for Change" in Congress: the PRO and the UCR will be separated for now

2023-12-07T23:06:51.024Z

Highlights: There will be no "Together for Change" in Congress: the PRO and the UCR will be separated for now. In the Senate, Luis Juez will preside over the PRO bloc and Eduardo Vischi over the radical bench. Miguel Angel Pichetto put together his own caucus, which he called "Federal Change" The key, both chambers agree, will be to wait and see how each group behaves in the face of Javier Milei's government. The PRO Front was united, chaired by Cristian Ritondo with 40 seats of its own.


In the Senate, Luis Juez will preside over the PRO bloc and Eduardo Vischi will preside over the radical bench. In the Chamber of Deputies, Miguel Pichetto put together his own bloc of 9.


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Together for Change, as it was known, no longer exists. It is in the process of transformation and we have to give it time to see how it decides," says a senator-elect from the coalition that will have a lot of weight in the new Congress.

This explains why the PRO, the UCR and the Civic Coalition prioritized the unity of their parties and decided not to form – for now – an interbloc in the Senate or in the House of Representatives. "That doesn't mean we aren't in constant dialogue and coordination," they clarify.

They even recall that in Deputies there was no longer an interbloc head since 2021. After the radical bloc split in two, they failed to find a consensus figure that would be endorsed by the different blocs. The interbloc was maintained with a collegial leadership among the heads of the most numerous benches.

In the Senate, the radical Alfredo Cornejo was the head of JxC's Interbloc. In Thursday's session, he resigned to take over as governor of Mendoza.

Now the key, both chambers agree, will be to wait and see how each group behaves in the face of Javier Milei's government. Above all, considering that there are sectors that added leaders to the cabinet of the libertarian, although they propose that it is "in a personal capacity".

However, they believe that the picture will not be clear in the immediate future, but will take time. They still don't know the package of reforms that Milei is planning, but the vast majority agree that in the first measures - "unless there is a barbarity" - they will show accompaniment. Above all, because that was the popular mandate and they don't want to be the ones who put sticks in the wheel.

The truth is that maintaining the unity of the party blocs was already a challenge in itself. There were ruptures, reconciliations, threats, and some benches were "tied up with wire."

"JxC is quite split and is sustained by goodwill. From there we feign insanity and put someone who doesn't represent everyone... It's very forced," sums up a key legislator with brutal sincerity.

There are also sectors of the Upper House that believe that the best thing to do is for the interbloc to be constituted. Perhaps with other partners and even under another name, but they assure that it is the desire of an important sector and that it is the most convenient thing not to liquefy.

How the blocks turned out and who presides over them

Before the swearing-in session, there were several simultaneous meetings from which announcements emerged: Luis Juez from Cordoba will be the head of the PRO bloc in the Upper House, which has 7 senators. He will succeed Humberto Schiavoni and will be seconded by Alfredo De Angeli from Entre Ríos.

The UCR bloc, of 13 legislators, had already appointed Eduardo Vischi, with the encouragement of Corrientes Governor Gustavo Valdés, who will replace Luis Naidenoff from Formosa, who left Congress after 18 years as a legislator.

Meanwhile, allies Lucila Crexell and Juan Carlos Romero stayed on their own bench and added Andrea Cristina and Edith Terenzi from Chubu.

In the Chamber of Deputies, after splitting into two blocs, the UCR reconsidered and after long negotiations converged into a single bench of 35 legislators, chaired by Rodrigo De Loredo.

The PRO Front was united, chaired by Cristian Ritondo, with 40 seats of its own.

Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Pichetto put together his own caucus, which he called "Federal Change", and brings together 9 wills. Among them were Ricardo López Murphy, Margarita Stolbizer, Nicolás Massot, and legislators of governors.

The Civic Coalition was left with 6 deputies and Juan López kept the presidency.

Source: clarin

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