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Bullrich will defend her values, but her coalition is mortally wounded

Tuesday, October 24th 2023 - 10:30 UTC
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“I am not the one who is going to congratulate someone who has been part of the worst government in Argentina,” Bullrich said about Massa “I am not the one who is going to congratulate someone who has been part of the worst government in Argentina,” Bullrich said about Massa

Former Security Minister Patricia Bullrich admitted that she would not abandon her values after being eliminated from the Argentine presidential race on Sunday. But her loss may have signaled the end of the Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) coalition.

With the opposition alliance of former President Mauricio Macri having to decide whether to side with La Libertad Avanza (LLA) of Congressman Javier Milei or Economy Minister Sergio Massa's Unión por la Patria (UP) for the Nov. 19 runoff, Bullrich also recognized that “others” within her party would fight the battles of the future.

“It will be others who will advance in these values and in this path,” Bullrich said after receiving only 23.8% of the vote, far less than JxC's over 28% in the Aug. 13 Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory Primary (PASO), if her votes were added to those of Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

Bullrich insisted that she would not support Kirchnerism in any form. Therefore, her vote (not necessarily that of her constituents) would go to Milei.

“Now Juntos will be divided into three. Some will support Massa in the election, others will support Milei, and others will vote blank,” a JxC leader was quoted as saying by local media.

In this scenario, Macri's cousin Jorge emerged as the acting leader of what was left of JxC, along with former Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio, who was elected governor of Entre Ríos.

Jorge Macri and Massist Leandro Santoro will compete for the post of mayor of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires. Macri was less than one percentage point away from a first-round victory, which would have required him to win more than 50% of the vote.

There was also discontent among the Radical Civic Union (UCR) members of the coalition, it was reported.

“There is no affection between Bullrich and Larreta, they don't like each other. It is incomprehensible why she called him [to become Cabinet Chief],” Bullrich's team was quoted as saying. They blame this decision for the drop in votes.

JxC must now discuss what to do. Jorge and Mauricio Macri could approach Milei, and so could Bullrich, but the UCR and the Larretist branch would not. Larreta is even known to be a close friend of Massa's.

“I am not the one who is going to congratulate someone who was part of the worst government in Argentina, who ruined and sunk the country and the future of Argentines,” Bullrich said of Massa.

“We have not achieved the goals we wanted for our Argentina, but we have come to reaffirm with all our strength the values of our cause, which goes beyond an electoral moment, beyond a defeat,” she added.

“We have a deep conviction that the values of the Republic, of transparency, of the fight against corruption, of a country that must abandon populism if it wants to grow and end poverty, are the values that we carry inside,” she went on.

”Maybe those values have fallen asleep today, but we are going to wake them up each and every day for our productive Argentina, she also pledged.


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  • Jack Bauer


    Am surprised at Terry's legitimate concern for your health, like an old hen trying to do the best for her chicks....deep down, he really means well.........

    On the other hand, might his 'apparent criticism' of your consumption of Bailey's coffee, just be a sign of envy ?? his old Ma won't let him touch a drop of alcohol ? sad.

    But he should try to get his facts right....Bailey's is not 40% vol. alcohol....only 17 %.

    Last but not least, may I suggest you hire some security.....his threat of “beating the snot out of you”, sounds a tad belligerant to me....

    Oct 26th, 2023 - 04:15 pm +1
  • Chicureo

    I hope Milei wins final election, but that's not certain. Argentines will determine their own fate.

    I'm still amused that the “war hero” Skippy continues as “Terence Hill” but is too cowardly to confess his actual realty is living with his mother in Utah, USA

    His real identity can be easily accessible on YouTube:

    ¡Saludos de Panquehue!

    Oct 24th, 2023 - 01:53 pm 0
  • Tænk

    And I hope you get a mild case of Avocado Hand...

    Oct 24th, 2023 - 04:02 pm 0
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