Against re-elections. Diego Santilli, Néstor Grindetti, Diego Valenzuela and Elisa Carrió
Front-line leaders of Juntos por el Cambio in the province of Buenos Aires joined in the last hours the wave of rejection of the re-election of indefinite re-elections of the mayors -especially those identified as barons of the suburbs- that governor Axel would enable Kicillof with traditional Peronism. After the rejection of the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa, who is a member of the Frente de Todos coalition, opposition voices with their own weight were added, such as Diego Santilli -who won the last midterm elections-, the communal head of Lanús , Néstor Grindetti, and his partner from Tres de Febrero, Diego Valenzuela, as well as from the party led by Elisa Carrió, the Buenos Aires Civic Coalition.
Around 100 mayors of the province will have to leave their position in December 2023 as a result of the law that was approved during the administration of former governor María Eugenia Vidal and that had support from the Massa Renovation Front, a position that still remains, despite to the attempts from Buenos Aires Peronism to deactivate the law.
Sergio Massa was one of the promoters of the end of the re-election and maintains his position.
“I don’t believe in indefinite re-elections. There are strong spaces where it is necessary to modify and renew, there must be new leaders, “he said in dialogue with Luis Majul for Radio Rivadavia. And he added: “This is something that María Eugenia Vidal did. It has been held for the most part two periods and afterwards, each one must choose another path ”.
For his part, Grindetti, who was also deputy Santilli’s campaign manager, indefinite re-election is not an alternative. “Since 2019 I announced that I was not going to re-elect under any circumstances,” he said in dialogue with Eduardo Feinmann for Radio Rivadavia. And he added: “I have a personal position in that sense, that the good performance that is revalidated by the votes does not belong to a person but to a team.”
Meanwhile, Diego Valenzuela affirmed that “as a group we are saying that we do not want indefinite re-elections to return. This is a proposal that Peronism thought to take to the Legislature of the province of Buenos Aires. It is a consensus because all the mayors have discussed it. Then there are nuances, there are situations, there are some who say even if the regulations allow me, I am not going for re-election ”.
“Today what is transcending is that they would try to overturn the law, with that we do not agree. Later it is a discussion of the jurists that of the mayors about retroactivity, if a law with an article that regulates backwards is valid. There it must be remembered that the law came out on the 16th after the 2015 election. If that proposal came to us as a space with the legislators, we would set a position, “said the mayor of Tres de Febrero.
Another important voice was that of Graciela Ocaña, who was part of the list of national deputies of Juntos, also had a critical expression: “From our space, Confianza Publica Province of Buenos Aires, we repudiate the attempt to reinstate indefinite re-elections. It would be an unacceptable institutional setback. To remain in power is a way to weaken democracy ”.
Graciela Ocaña, Diego Santilli, Facundo Manes and Néstor Grindetti.
For its part, the Civic Coalition of the province of Buenos Aires issued a statement – which was endorsed and retweeted by Carrió herself – stating that “the end of re-elections is a conquest that cannot be negotiated.”
“It is not surprising that the President encourages indefinite re-election because perpetuity in office is inherent in the ideological conception of Kirchnerism”, states the statement, which concludes with a harsh paragraph: “We say that we do not want new barons in any municipality of the Province . Validating a new reelection of mayors, legislators, councilors and councilors constitutes a scam for millions of Buenos Aires people who trusted and still trust the Change that we promised and started in 2015 ″.
Maricel Etchecoin, provincial deputy and head of the National Assembly of the CC ARI affirmed that “the law promoted by the government of Together for Change, backed by the Civic Coalition, is in line with our values of going against eternalization in the power”. And Andrés De Leo, provincial senator and president of the CC ARI of Buenos Aires (who voted in 2016 in favor of the law) considered “an institutional setback” and “a blow to the credibility of the political system that would only benefit a handful of leaders. ”.
The initiative promoted by reelectionists
Those who are in favor of modifying the law have a specific proposal that, in case of having the political endorsement, must be presented in the provincial legislature. The draft bill that Infobae was able to hear provides for changes in article 3 of the organic law of the municipalities.
“The mayor will be elected directly by the people and will last 4 years in office and may be reelected. The councilors will be chosen directly by the town and will last four years in their functions. The deliberative council will be renewed in halves every two years and its members may be reelected for a new period, in the event that they have been reelected, they may not be elected in the same position, but with an interval of one period, “says the draft text.
Another way – which began to gain even more strength in Buenos Aires politics – is to review the retroactivity of the rule. As Infobae said, some opposition mayors would not see this path with displeasure. That is to say that they continue to be two consecutive terms, but that the first term of government is considered from 2019 and not from 2015, as is currently the case.
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