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Ricardo Quintela challenges Javier Milei over lithium: "They're going to have to come with the Army, they won't take out a single stone"

2024-01-02T22:35:02.063Z

Highlights: Ricardo Quintela challenges Javier Milei over lithium: "They're going to have to come with the Army, they won't take out a single stone". The governor of La Rioja recalled that natural resources belong to the provinces. In addition, the Peronist president accused the president of "extortion" And he remarked that people now don't make it to the first week of the month. He also put pressure on deputies and senators to vote in favor of the decree and the omnibus law: "It's treason"


The governor of La Rioja recalled that natural resources belong to the provinces. In addition, the Peronist president accused the president of "extortion." And he remarked that people now don't make it to the first week of the month.


The governor of La Rioja, Ricardo Quintela, was once again embroiled in controversy. Now, he referred to President Javier Milei's DNU and challenged him for the management of natural resources. "They're going to have to come with the army, they're not going to take out a single stone," he said of the lithium reserves. He also put pressure on the deputies and senators to vote in favor of the decree and the omnibus law: "It's treason."

"He has to come here with the Army because he is not going to remove a single stone without the consent of the province of La Rioja," said Quintela when, in a radio interview, Milei's interest in lithium was mentioned, a resource that - as the President himself stressed - arouses the interest of tycoon Elon Musk.

"Natural resources belong to the people of La Rioja and if they are explored and exploited, they will be a benefit to La Rioja and Argentina, and not only to the rogues who want to appropriate the country's natural resources," said the Rioja president.

According to the National Constitution enacted in 1994, the provinces have authority over the resources that exist on their surface.

Quintela also sent a strong message to the deputies and senators who are preparing to ratify the omnibus law and the DNU in Congress.

"For the province of La Rioja and for all the provinces it would be lethal because it would concentrate all the legislative and executive powers, therefore it seems very serious to me. If the legislators do that, it is high treason," the Peronist leader warned.

On the other hand, he spoke about the meeting of governors with Javier Milei: "I told the president the day we met, he took note and never responded to me. I told him: 'You devalued by 120%, doubled the value of fuel, freed the prices of basic basket products, are you going to freeze wages, what do you think is going to happen?' What is going to happen is the closure of shops, of companies."

At the same time, Quintela rehearsed some self-criticism of the previous government to rant against Milei. "While it's true that people didn't make ends meet, now people don't make it to the end of the first week after collecting their salaries and paying their debts," the governor said.

"He is extorting the provinces to vote for his laws in exchange for assisting them with money. That is called extortion or in the purest Riojan it is also called bribery," Quintela added.

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Source: clarin

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