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Argentina: Ruling coalition welcomes President Fernández's announcement

Saturday, April 22nd 2023 - 10:55 UTC
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For Máximo Kirchner's La Cámpora, the President's message was long overdue For Máximo Kirchner's La Cámpora, the President's message was long overdue

Argentine President Alberto Fernández's announcement that he would not seek reelection was welcomed within the ruling Frente de Todos (FdT) coalition, which now has the opportunity to submit several candidacies to be decided upon at the Aug. 13 Open, Mandatory and Simultaneous Primary (PASO) elections.

Former Vice President and presidential hopeful Daniel Scioli, who has already admitted he would make a new attempt to reach Casa Rosada, praised Fernández's decision: “My recognition to the courage of @alferdez who faced unimaginable adversities, who never made a decision against the Argentine people and this is one more proof of that,” he wrote on Twitter.

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“It is time, also as the President says, to commit ourselves to the unity of Peronism prioritizing the needs of the people in an internal democratic process that strengthens not only our space but also democracy,” he added.

Economy Minister Sergio Massa, another likely contender for the chief post at Balcarce 50, said Fernández's message “shows his generosity and leaves a mark going forward. Responsibility and unity is the way,” he also published on social media. “He never made a decision against the Argentine people and this is one more proof of that.”

According to Buenos Aires analysts, President Fernández's move proved he bowed to pressure from Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK) and also from Massa, with whom he met Thursday at the Olivos residence to convey a sense of unity to try to appease the plummetting of the Argentine peso against the US “blue” (a euphemism for “black market”) dollar.

CFK's inner circle, meanwhile, said Fernández's decision “oxygenates the Frente de Todos” but regretted it was a “late” announcement, which will nevertheless clear the way “to begin to put Peronism in order.” Deputy Máximo Kirchner had insisted it was not possible to plan FdT's strategy for the PASO if the head of state did not get out of the way.

Interior Minister Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, a hardline Kirchnerite who is also among those regarded as a possible candidate despite his stammer, said the President's decision helps give Peronism its vitality back “and to dream again.”

Máximo Kirchner's La Cámpora movement plans to differentiate itself from the Albertismo's “indefinition, [that ] prevented other leaders from showing themselves more, it blocked the FDT,” it was reported.

For La Cámpora, the FdT remains a competitive political force despite the current crisis, but it was necessary for Alberto Fernández “to step aside.” It is also no secret that what this group wants is for CFK to announce her own candidacy.

Anyway, a political analyst consulted by MercoPress underlined that “Alberto Fernández will not seek reelection as President, but at no time did he mention he might not run as somebody else's mate.”

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  • Pugol-H

    ‘give Peronism its vitality back “and to dream again.”’


    And when was Peronism not a dream, pray tell???

    ‘It is also no secret that what this group wants is for CFK to announce her own candidacy.’

    Which seems to be what this is all about.

    If CFK returns to the Pink House then God save Argentina, because only he can.

    Apr 22nd, 2023 - 11:36 pm +5
  • FitzRoy

    Thus far, Peronism has worked wonders for Argentina, so we can look forward to ever spiraling debt and inflation in our neighbours! Yet more investment by China, despite their not wanting any influence from the northern hemisphere.It will be fun watching KFCs party further destroy a once proud nation.

    Apr 23rd, 2023 - 11:25 am +1
  • Freddy Worldwide

    Like many South American countries they appear to lurch from dictatorships to left wing populist governments. Venezuela is the birthplace of the great liberator of South America - Simon Bolivar. I wonder what he would make of the current political set up there if he could rise out of his grave.
    No need for him to be resurrected:
    Bolivar’s most famous quote is from 1830, regarding ‘Latin’ America, as he surveyed the wreckage of his dream. As self-assessments go, it is not very positive:
    ‘I have ruled for 20 years and from these I have gained only a few certainties:
    [Latin] America is ungovernable, for us;
    Those who serve a revolution plough the sea;
    The only thing one can do in [Latin] America is emigrate;
    This country will fall inevitably into the hands of the unbridled masses and then pass almost imperceptibly into the hands of petty tyrants, of all colors and races;
    Once we have been devoured by every crime and extinguished by utter ferocity, the Europeans will not even regard us as worth conquering;
    If it were possible for any part of the world to revert to primitive chaos, it would be [Latin] America in its final hour.’
    The Falkland islands show the way. But are looked on with contempt by Peronist grabbers.
    Keep trying to grab what you'll never get, I guess.

    Apr 24th, 2023 - 07:01 am +1
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