The definitions on the legislative treatment of the attempt on the life of Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner once again exposed the internal tensions within Together for Change, due to the divergent positions expressed by the blocks of the UCR, the PRO and the Coalition Civic in the Chamber of Deputies.
The PRO’s decision to leave the venue minutes after the repudiation text was voted on was the most explicit example of the differences that exist in the opposition interbloc.
Explaining this determination, the head of the PRO bench, Cristian Ritondo, said that “the street or the venue is not the place to determine those guilty of a crime”, justifying the position of that space.
“On behalf of the PRO front bloc, together with the rest of the political forces, we have agreed on a common text of repudiation of the serious events that occurred with the attack and attempted assassination of the Vice President of the Nation. That is why after voting on the resolution, and having fulfilled the reason for the call, we will withdraw from the premises”, remarked the former Minister of Security of the Province.
The PRO block had already differentiated itself from its partners by waiting for a quorum to be formed to go down to the venue.
In the hours prior to the session, the largest bench of the opposition coalition had already marked differences with its other partners, by proposing not to participate in the plenary.
From the toughest sectors of the PRO, which dragged along the most dialogist, they argued that the ruling party had to give guarantees so that the session would take place “without verbal aggressions” and “without militants on the upper decks”, conditions that despite having been fulfilled, were not met. They were able to prevent the macrismo from leaving the premises.
Within the framework of the previous demands, all the forces of the main opposition interbloc agreed that the ruling party should “moderate” the content of the draft resolution, which was finally approved after agreeing to that requirement.
The PRO’s decision to withdraw left some of its partners upset, mainly the Civic Coalition and the Federal Meeting, who view with alarm “the successive unchecking of the macrismo in the legislative process.”
In fact, the president of the Civic Coalition bloc, Juan Manuel López, joined the questions against the head of the PRO, Patricia Bullrich, before the session, for not having condemned the attack suffered by the Vice President on Thursday night.
“The way is non-violence. Patricia (Bullrich) is from a generation for which violence is an option. I feel sorry for her,” he stated.
Minutes after the session, and through his social networks, the legislator tried to clarify his statements: “With the president of the PRO we have different generational views. I did not seek to disqualify her. It was just a political opinion. I will continue working for the JxC unity as I have been doing in the Chamber of Deputies and in the National Table”.
From radicalism, meanwhile, they deepened the political reading by interpreting that “the issue had to do with the internal PRO and was settled by an intermediate point between those who directly did not want to go to the session and those who wanted to approve the resolution and stay at the time of the speeches.
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