Without Cristina Kirchner - who is in charge of the Executive due to Alberto Fernández's trip to Brazil - the 24 senators-elect were sworn in on Thursday, under the watchful eye of future Vice President Victoria Villarruel, who failed to reach an agreement to also appoint the authorities of the lower house.
The session began with the resignation of three legislators who will soon take office as governors: Ignacio Torres (Chubut), Alberto Weretilneck (Río Negro) and Alfredo Cornejo (Mendoza).
The head of the Frente de Todos bloc dismissed them with a thoughtful phrase. "A new era is born for the Argentine Parliament," he said. In the boxes were two of his future colleagues: the president of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, and Ricardo Quintela, from La Rioja.
On the other hand, Alicia Kirchner, of Santa Cruz, and Sergio Uñac, of San Luis, were sworn in as senators.
Kirchner did it for her brother, the former president. "For Nestor, for human and social rights, for the people of Santa Cruz, yes, I swear."
They are not the only governors landing in the House. Also sworn in was Tucuman President Luis Manzur who, although he was not a candidate in this election, entered as a replacement for Pablo Yedlin, who jumped to the Chamber of Deputies.
Due to the same situation, Mendoza Governor Rodolfo Suárez, who had been on the 2021 ballot as Cornejo's alternate, who now returns to lead the Province, will take over.
As is customary in the Senate, everything passed in a brief and sober manner. Only the senator of the Frente de Todos, Juliana Di Tullio, dared to joke when it was her turn and received cheers and applause. "I came with fans... how are we?" he boasted, smiling.
The most emotional moment came at the beginning, when the legislators paid tribute to the late senator Matías Rodríguez. He was dismissed by the radical Pablo Blanco, a friend of Rodríguez, who asked that the judicial case that investigates the circumstances of his death move forward and then the official Anabel Sagasti read a few words broken by tears, and asked for a round of applause for her deceased comrade.
When the moment of the swearing-in began, the first was the Buenos Aires radical Maximiliano Abad and he was followed by the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo "Wado" De Pedro, who received a loud applause.
The trays in the chamber were specially intended for relatives of the senators. Although the future vice-president, Victoria Villarruel, was also present, who was located just meters away from Kicillof. He arrived as the ceremony had already begun and avoided making any statements.
A total of 11 senators from Unión por la Patria, 2 from JxC, 4 from the provincial ruling parties and 7 from La Libertad Avanza, which until now had not landed in the Senate, were sworn in.
Cristina Kirchner did not participate in the swearing-in ceremony because she is replacing Alberto Fernández in the Executive. However, she was in her office inside the Senate while the ceremony was taking place and some Peronist leaders stopped by to greet her.
The dispute over the authorities
The Frente de Todos approved the resignations of the authorities of the House, including that of provisional president Claudia Ledesma Abdala de Zamora that will take effect on Sunday. But there was no agreement to vote for his successor.
La Libertad Avanza (LLA) proposes Francisco Paoltroni from Formosa and Cristina has already made it clear that, as it is a position that is in the line of succession to the Presidency, it corresponds to the libertarian space.
However, Peronism is willing to fight for the rest of the authorities and is waiting for the tone of Javier Milei's inauguration speech to shuffle the scenario.
"The parliamentary and administrative secretaries do not belong to the vice president, they belong to the body," they say. And today they are the majority with 33 seats. An administrative secretary manages the cashier, but the parliamentarian, for example, decides the transfers of the projects to the committees and from there can help to speed up or slow down the debate and the sanction of an initiative.