The rejection of the Budget puts stress on the Frente de Todos and there are crosses due to the responsibility of the failed negotiation

Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner at the opening of Congress sessions

The surprising escalation in the fight with the opposition that ended in the rejection of the Budget for 2022 moved the spirits in the Front of All, where since yesterday the crossed darts flew, uncertainty reigned and speculation ran about the political responsibilities of the failed debate in Congress, which represented a setback for the Government in the final stretch of the delicate negotiation with the IMF over the debt.

The expectations in the Government regarding the consensus regarding the approval of the Budget, were initially good. Since the ruling party began to refloat the debate on the law that sets the economic goals for next year, in Balcarce 50 and in the interblock of the Frente de Todos in the Lower House they did not tire of ensuring that they had the support of allies and a part of Together for Change to obtain the votes that would allow them to approve the project. In fact, yesterday the President considered “unexpected” rejection.

The initiative had been sent by the Executive in September and it took three months to advance. Without too many definitions, given the warnings of repudiation by the opposition to an express procedure, the Casa Rosada attributed the delay to the electoral context -they wanted to avoid an attempt at rapprochement in the conflictive campaign- and the lack of progress in the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the refinancing of the foreign debt.

After the rejection of the Budget in the general vote, which took place yesterday at mid-morning in the Chamber of Deputies, the public reaction on the front page of the Frente de Todos was to shoot at Together for Change. The Chief of Staff, Juan Manzur; the ministers of Economy, Martín Guzmán; and the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” from Pedro; as well as the secretary of Parliamentary Relations, Fernando “Chino” Navarro, among others, they issued statements of marked questioning by the bold “irresponsibility” by “leaving the country without a Budget.”

However, in parallel, The Budget debacle was experienced indoors in countless internal crossings reminiscent of the political crisis since the forced replacement of the Cabinet after the PASO in September. “This is a new watershed in the correlation of forces,” an official said yesterday..

It is a setback in the internal balance: the spirits, which had been in full swing after the defeat in the General elections, seemed to be recomposing in the last days. The most recent signs in this regard were the act between Cristina Kirchner and Alberto Fernández for Democracy Day, and the photo of the President with Máximo Kirchner, on Monday, during the presentation of the new Progresar scholarships at the Bicentennial Museum.

Alberto Fernández received Máximo Kirchner at the Casa Rosada Bicentennial Museum last Monday
Alberto Fernández received Máximo Kirchner at the Casa Rosada Bicentennial Museum last Monday

But the link between the Casa Rosada and Kirchnerism tightened again in the hours after the budget was rejected. After the vote, Alberto Fernández only summoned Olivos to Sergio Massa Y, in the aftermath, to your Minister of Economy, Martin Guzman, to discuss the roadmap to follow after the frustration of the debate in Deputies. Despite the fact that Máximo Kirchner had been one of the leaders of the negotiations in the marathon session – it began on Thursday and continued on Friday -, he was not invited to the presidential fifth.

Although Alberto Fernández spoke by phone with Cristina Kirchner, from the respective environments of the first president and the leader of La Cámpora they could not confirm to this medium if they had any type of dialogue during the course of Friday.

Conjecture about responsibility for the setback in Congress was the order of the day and In the different tribes of the Frente de Todos there was uncertainty about the reasons for the failure in the negotiation, which was precipitated despite the efforts of the main ministers to convince governors and deputies to accompany the project.

In the albertista wing, some suspected of alleged ulterior motives on the part of Máximo Kirchner. “We do not understand why he waited until the last minute to deal with a Budget project that had entered three months ago and about the hour he broke everything with that speech,” said an official who, suspicious, linked this delay with the messages conditioning the agreement with the Fund expressed by Cristina Kirchner and the next Máximo in recent weeks. Others pointed to Massa. “He was the quintessential negotiator. It is not understood why he could not put the numbers together ”, they slipped in Deputies yesterday.

From La Cámpora they reversed the invoice pass when remembering that Cristina Kirchner had also been in favor of a pact with the Fund in agreement with the opposition. “She herself called in the Plaza de Mayo (in the act of December 10) for a great national agreement to pay”, they pointed out at the camporismo yesterday afternoon, although they obviated the ambivalences in their most recent letters and speeches, where the Vice President avoided giving explicit support to the President and introduced conditions on the type of agreement.

Meanwhile, other glances fired by elevation against the design of the new pro-government bloc during the first stage of the legislative elections process: “Máximo’s was not serious, far from it. But opponents quickly realized the opportunity, made their move, and looked good with their constituency. What we should rethink ourselves is whether the conformation of the lists for Congress was good, taking into account the low political volume that there is “, said a spokesperson.

All Front Block (Maximiliano Luna)
All Front Block (Maximiliano Luna)

Yesterday, the opposition, in addition to rejecting the details of the bill -which they considered unrealistic-, aimed mainly against Máximo Kirchner, whom they considered responsible for breaking any hint of good will on the part of Juntos por el Cambio. They distanced them from a consensus, they say, the speech that the president of the interblock gave in the compound, in which he pointed harshly against the PRO deputies who had had management responsibility during the Macrista government. Later, in an interview with the signal C5N, the Kirchner deputy, who usually keeps a low profile, defended himself and counterattacked. “They play to see who is the toughest and they forgot about the country,” he said.

Wado de Pedro came out to support Máximo Kirchner after criticism from the opposition for the tone of his last speech at the venue
Wado de Pedro came out to support Máximo Kirchner after criticism from the opposition for the tone of his last speech at the venue

In La Cámpora they delegitimized the arguments of Together for Change about the rejection. “They use Máximo as a scapegoat for not admitting that they had already decided not to approve the Budget”, They said in the office of an important Kirchnerist reference. And they attributed the opposition resistance to the internal fight that radicalism is going through. “Maybe Maxi was wrong. But the soft ones did not dare to stand because they had to remain close to the Government in contrast to the hawks, “they said close to Máximo Kirchner. “We played against their internal. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose ”, added a spokesperson for La Cámpora.

He referred to the fact that the Budget debate coincided, coincidentally, with the election of party authorities in the Plenary of the UCR which took place yesterday, where the moderate wing, led by the Cordovan national deputy, clashed, Mario Negri, and the governor of Jujuy, Gerardo Morales, more in dialogue with the ruling party; and the sector headed by Senator Martín Lousteau and legislator Rodrigo De Loredo, identified with the toughest positions. Finally, after weeks of crossed darts, there was agreement between the internal lines and Morales was read unanimously.

For now, today is the day most awaited by the secretary of La Cámpora, who will finally assume the head of the Buenos Aires PJ after months of postponements derived from the persistent conflict with the Peronist mayors who resisted his landing in the justicialist apparatus of the Province. Will do it with support from Alberto Fernández, that last night he reviewed his decision to skip the appointment and decided participate in the act in the fifth of San Vicente to send a message of unity in the midst of internal questioning.


Beyond responsibilities, In the House of Government there was concern about the bad sign that the flagrant conflict with the opposition represents for the IMF. The President hoped to send the entity a message of consensus in full negotiations between the Treasury and the Central Bank with the staff of the Fund to establish the guidelines of the guarantee plan to face in a “sustainable” way payments from 2024. The agency had requested that the plan have broad consent in internal policy and the rejection of Together for the Change to the Budget fell like a bucket of cold water on the expectations of the Government, that he hoped to be able to show signs of coherence within the borders.

Yesterday afternoon, the President met with the Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, to discuss the course of the bogged down negotiation. In the Government they jealously guarded the details of the conversation -which was already planned- and they limited themselves to reproducing a tweet in which the director of the organization described as “Very good” meeting with Alberto Fernández “On how to advance in our work to sustain Argentina’s recovery and address its economic challenges.” “Our teams are fully committed to continue working towards an IMF program,” the Bulgarian official said tersely.

Later, Alberto Fernández expressed himself, also on Twitter, in the same vein, although in his message he introduced the most recent problem of the Frente de Todos and admitted his surprise: “We both recognized the unexpected problem of the rejection of the Budget, but we promised to continue working fully focused on materializing an agreement that does not compromise the continuity of the inclusive economic recovery, ”said the head of state, who was close to settling the conflict with the signing of a Simple decree to extend the 2021 Budget to at least order the accounts during the beginning of 2022.


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