Argentine president Cristina Fernandez will not be attending the swear-in ceremony in Congress on Thursday when president elect Mauricio Macri is set to take office, according to Oscar Parrilli, head of intelligence and one of the closest aides of the Kirchners, conditions are not given.
“They are saying she will no longer be the president” said Parrilli on Tuesday afternoon after Federal Prosecutor Jorge Di Lello upheld a precautionary measure filed by the 'Let’s Change' coalition, reaffirming president Cristina Fernández mandate ends Wednesday at midnight while Macri’s mandate begins in the first minute of December 10th.
Di Lello’s decision, which must be revised by electoral judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría, contradicted statements made by the Argentina's Notary-General Natalio Etchegaray, who on Monday assured the head of state would end her mandate and Macri will begin his presidency when the president-elect is sworn in Thursday at noon in Congress.
After a meeting held earlier between Parrilli, the presidency’s secretary-general Eduardo Wado de Pedro and PRO officials, the head of Intelligence said the president will not attend the Congress to avoid being accused of overtaking of public offices.
We consider the discussion concluded. She won’t attend Congress under these circumstances and let the president take office when he considers he must do so,” Parrilli said outside the Senate building and warned the judiciary will leave the country without a president for 12 hours, qualifying the situation as “an institutional seriousness.”
I see no differences between this and a coup,” he fired.
On Monday Notary-General Etchegaray added further confusion to the dispute saying that ”the tradition is that the transfer of the official presidential sash is done in the Pink House... It’s not in the Constitution, but it’s the custom”
Etchegaray, who has assisted every inauguration ceremony since Argentina's return to democracy in 1983 added that it is the president-elect who decides where the ceremony takes place and not the outgoing head of state.
Of the four latest handover ceremonies in Argentina, two took place at the Casa Rosada and the other two at the National Congress.
According to the letter by the notary-general, the president-elect officially assumes the presidency when he is sworn before the National Congress, as set by Article 93 of the Argentine Constitution, and at this exact hour his tenure begins and the outgoing president’s tenure ends. But he also states in the first paragraph of his letter that the outgoing president’s tenure officially ends at 12am on December 10.
The swearing-in before congress is set to take place at 11am this Thursday, December 10, according to the schedule released by the 'Let’s Change' winning coalition last Saturday.
Despite all the bickering about the ceremony, Cristina Fernandez has repeatedly said in public rallies that the ruling Victory Front (FpV) will not hurt the ability of her successor to govern.
“We have the immense responsibility of providing governance to the country” the outgoing president said. “We’re part of a political group that won’t do to the next government what they (opposition groups) did to us. We will not do it”.