Juan Manzur and Juan Zabaleta
Juan Manzur and Juan Zabaleta will be face to face again at the Casa Rosada this early Monday morning. The head of the Nation’s Cabinet will receive in his office the Minister of Social Development who is in charge of one of the most sensitive areas of the National Government and the meeting will take place amidst the tension that exists with some social movements that ask for more help social and others closer to the ruling party that seek to replace social plans with genuine employment. Zabaleta is also one of the main shipowners of the structure that could support the eventual candidacy of Alberto Fernández for a new term starting in 2023.
The meeting was scheduled for last Wednesday at Balcarce 50 but was finally postponed. Almost at the same time, Manzur was leaving La Rosada for an activity with the incumbent governor of Tucuman, Osvaldo Jaldo, and Zabaleta was arriving to communicate by teleconference by Zoom with three provinces.
Last Tuesday there was a massive mobilization of the social movements most in conflict with the Government that marched to Plaza de Mayo, against “the adjustment” and demanding an increase in work plans, for the first time after the legislative elections. November 14. They were part of a series of “days of struggle that will run through the remainder of this month and December to demand non-payment of the foreign debt and a break with the IMF,” Eduardo Belliboni, the leader of the Workers’ Party, told Infobae. , one of the great drivers of this march.
The piquetero organizations led by the Polo Obrero were joined by other left-wing political spaces that practically paralyzed the Buenos Aires center, causing traffic chaos. The slogans on “not paying the debt” and “against the pact with the IMF” were accompanied by requests for “genuine work”, “no worker below the basic basket of $ 75,000”, “full bonus for workers of the Work Enhancement ”,“ comprehensive assistance of the soup kitchens ”and against the“ easy trigger ”.
Zabaleta had agreed on a “schedule” of work to resolve some of the demands made by social leaders
The leaders of the Polo Obrero and the members of the Unidad Piquetera had maintained a kind of “peace in the streets” weeks before the elections. Zabaleta had agreed on a “schedule” of work to resolve some of the demands that social leaders had made. The reinforcement of food in picnic areas and soup kitchens was one of them, but so far everything remained in words. There are conflicting versions. “The interministerial working table continues to advance,” as they say from the Ministry of Social Development.
Within the social movements there are also those who are closest to the Government and who drew votes for the recovery of the ruling party at the polls on November 14. They are the ones who received help in the form of plans and other resources. Those social movements enrolled in the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP), and aligned with the Casa Rosada, promote the drafting of one or several bills that include claims that have long been promoted by leaders such as Juan Grabois, Juan Carlos Alderete and Emilio Persico. Among them, the universal basic salary (SBU), the monotax of the popular economy, the non-bank productive credit and the state purchase.
These groups aligned with the Frente de Todos once again showed the power of mobilization on the Day of Militancy, four days after the elections. The members of Somos Barrios de Pie, the Classist and Combative Current (CCC) and the Evita Movement were that day of the largest groups in Plaza de Mayo. Most of the groups that make up the Union of Workers of the Popular Economy (UTEP) were present when supporting Alberto Fernández after the electoral defeat on Sunday the 14th. It was those same groups that visited some 1,500 popular neighborhoods in the suburbs. Buenos Aires to identify possible Peronist voters who had not gone to vote in the September PASO. Fernández thanked the effort several times.
Zabaleta is one of the ministers who intervenes in Alberto Fernández’s political establishment with 2023 as his main objective
On the other hand, Zabaleta is one of the ministers who intervenes in Alberto Fernández’s political establishment with 2023 as his main objective. Before the midterm elections, together with Manzur and also with Gabriel Katopodis, his pair from Public Works, he made a tour of several provinces in the interior where he reinforced the bond with the governors, especially those of the North and Cuyo. He also participated in meetings with mayors who urge the president for a new term of government.
After the elections, the national official and mayor in use of Hurlingham’s license, stated in statements to the C5N channel that “the unity in the Frente de Todos is settled and sealed and it is the only way in which we can continue to govern Argentina, but we have to learn to cultivate this culture of coalition of the Front of All and possibly looking forward we will have to consider going to the Primary. It is good that we go thinking that this is the way ”.
Fernández has been relying on the figure of the governors of the PJ and Manzur, his chief of staff, as a direct link. During these days, the construction of a space with officials and leaders of the Frente de Todos in the province of Buenos Aires also began to be designed. In addition to Zabaleta, Minister Katopodis, the elected national deputy, Victoria Tolosa Paz, her successor in the National Council for the Coordination of Social Policies, Marisol Merquel and some mayors of the suburbs will also work on this path.
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