Re-elections of mayors: the divided vote of the Frente de Todos marked a turning point in the coalition

Axel Kicillof with Sergio Massa and Máximo Kirchner

“It is a serious mistake to raise these issues while people demand work and education,” was the position of the leader of the Renewal Front and a core member of the Frente de Todos, Sergio Massa, to stand out from the vote that took place in the early morning of this Wednesday in the Buenos Aires Legislature, when the law that limits indefinite re-elections was modified and enables those who have been elected in 2015 to go for a new term in 2023.

It was the first time that Massismo publicly exposed its differences with the rest of the ruling alliance, since La Cámpora, the mayors of the PJ and representatives of social movements accompanied the changes.

Four out of 23 official senators rejected the changes. Is about Jose Luis Pallares, Vaensa Broadsword, Sofia Vanelli Y Juan Martinez that respond to Massa. In Deputies those who exposed their rejection, within the ruling party, were Ruben Eslaiman, Germán Di Césare, Juan Martin Malpeli, Fernanda Bevilacqua, Valeria Arata, Nicolas Russian, Ayelén Rasquetti, Marcela Faroni, Débora Galán, Carlos Puglielli, Luciana Padulo Y Javier Mignaquy. The split photo, they believe in the ruling party, made noise but they hope it does not escalate beyond what was the vote at dawn on Wednesday.

Massa himself had said that “no one in the Frente de Todos can be offended, because – the refusal to modify the law that limits the mandates of the mayors – we raised it from the first day when the coalition was armed.” In the block of deputies they assure that “it will not affect the coexistence between the different spaces”.

In a divided vote, the Chamber of Deputies was the one who finished modifying the law that limits indefinite re-elections
In a divided vote, the Chamber of Deputies was the one who finished modifying the law that limits indefinite re-elections

Although from the first moment it was known that the Renovador Front was not going to vote on any modification to the norm that puts a cap on the re-elections of mayors, legislators, councilors and councilors, the ruling party made a slight attempt to bring positions closer together.

One of the points that explain the non-rupture, beyond being one of the legs of the FdT, is the formal arrival to the Buenos Aires cabinet of figures from the Renovation Front. It is that in the first two years of the governor’s administration Axel Kicillof, The space that Massa heads did not have weighty places. It was one of the demands they had been making. Now, The Renewing Front will occupy one of the new ministries created by Kicillof within the framework of the relaunch of its management.

In an agreement between the governor and Massa himself it was defined that the former legislator, Jorge D’Onofrio, be the new Buenos Aires Minister of Transportation, in line with what is happening in the Nation, where members of the FR have control of the Transportation area.

The relationship comes and goes. Infobae I had anticipated that One of the objectives of the new leadership of the Buenos Aires PJ under Máximo Kirchner was to build bridges with the Renovador Front. Not necessarily absorb them organically under the pejotistas structure. But yes advance on points of agreement.

During the act of San Vicente in which Kirchner was officially presented as head of the party, in the first row sat the president of Aysa, Malena galmarini and there were also the deputies Ruben Eslaiman Y Nicolas Russian, in addition to the Minister of Transport, Jorge D’Onofrio. In addition, with Maximum Kirchner, the tandem move they are making in Congress for now runs without too many fissures.

Malena Galmarini and Nicolás Russo in the assumption of Máximo Kirchner as head of the Buenos Aires PJ (Photo: Aglaplata)
Malena Galmarini and Nicolás Russo in the assumption of Máximo Kirchner as head of the Buenos Aires PJ (Photo: Aglaplata)

But this time it was different. Throughout the day of the session, Massa’s space tried to prevent the changes that were being promoted from the PJ – and that La Cámpora accompanied – did not advance. Even after the sanction in the Senate, the FR with a sector of Juntos calculated to have the necessary number (31 votes) to overturn the modifications to the law, something that finally did not happen. “I am glad that all our deputies and senators have voted unitedly in the negative because it shows a coherent force”Massa emphasized.

The decision of the leader of the Renewal Front was similar to that of the deputies who respond to Maria Eugenia Vidal Y Cristian Ritondo, as it had been at the time of the vote on the original project. As he was able to reconstruct InfobaeThis approach, at least discursively, did mark some nuances within the ruling alliance.


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