The deputies of Massa, Vidal, Espert and the Left rejected the changes to the law that limits indefinite re-elections
This Tuesday the Legislature of the province of Buenos Aires modified the law passed in 2016 that limited indefinite re-elections. Thus, in 2023, almost 100 mayors will be able to run again in elections despite having two consecutive terms in charge of their respective municipalities.
Both the Frente de Todos and Juntos por el Cambio voted divided. However, most of the opposition legislators decided to accompany the will of the communal chiefs who were looking for the possibility of preserving their positions. It was also the case of deputies who previously formed the management of María Eugenia Vidal at the head of the Buenos Aires territory but who ended up contributing to a political defeat for the former governor.
With 36 votes in favor, the Upper House approved the bill presented by Senator Juan Pablo Allan, which modifies Article 7 of Law 14,836 that limits re-elections for communal chiefs and other elective positions. The norm establishes that “the mandates of Mayors, Councilors, Counselors, Schoolchildren, Deputies and Senators that have started as a result of the elections of 2017, 2019 and 2021 will be considered as the first period for the purposes of the application of this Law. ”.
A particularity of the law that bore Vidal’s seal was also corrected, by means of which a score of communal chiefs took leave this year and that enabled them to participate in the elections in 2023 regardless of what was defined in the Buenos Aires Legislature. In this way, it was defined that “all those who have assumed their position for a second term, regardless of whether it has been fully or partially exercised, are included in the prohibition.”
Intense day in the Buenos Aires Legislature (Télam)
Only Walter Lanaro and Owen Fernández, who respond to the former governor, and two from the Civic Coalition, Andrés De Leo and Elisa Carca, opposed Juntos por el Cambio in the Senate.
The rest voted in favor: Aldana Ahumada, Juan Pablo Allan, Yamila Alonso, María Florencia Barcia, Luis Alejandro Cellillo, Marcelo Daletto, Flavia Delmonte, Christian Gribaudo, Alejandro Rabinovich, Daniela Reich, Érica Revilla, Claudia Rucci, David Hirtz, María Lorena Mandagarán, Ariel Martínez, Agustín Maspoli, Nidia Moirano and Lorena Petrovich. Among those who supported the initiative is the former Minister of Government of Vidal, Joaquín De la Torre, who when he was an official of the province signed the regulation through which the mayors found the shortcut of requesting a license to run again in 2023.
“We are seeing if we give a handful of politicians four or eight more years. We should be ashamed, they voted for us, they voted against privileges, the status quo and we are here doing the opposite. That makes me angry and disappointing, ”protested Lanaro.
“Our proposal is a lock on a second term,” justified the author of the project, Allan, explaining that the issue of licenses requested by various mayors from both the ruling party and the opposition brought “a manifest inequality.” Lanaro replied: “That twenty guys have found a way to dribble the law cannot qualify another eighty for reelection. Because justice has to be for the neighbors and not for the politicians ”.
The ruling party was opposed by the four from the Renovation Front: Andrés Pallares, Vanesa Spadone, Sofía Vanelli and Juan Martínez; Francisco Durañona abstained.
Maria Eugenia Vidal, former governor of the province of Buenos Aires
In the Chamber of Deputies, the political triumph of the communal chiefs was consolidated. With 68 votes in favor this Tuesday, the law that enables them to a new mandate from 2023 was sanctioned, even those who were elected for the first time in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.
As in the Senate, there was a divided vote in the main coalitions. In the ruling party, Kirchnerism voted in favor while Massismo maintained its rejection. In opposition, legislators who report to communal leaders of the PRO and the Radical Civic Union supported the changes. The vidalista troop failed to block the law despite the fact that Espert’s space, Avanza Libertad, those of the Civic Coalition and the Left, also rejected the norm.
The Juntos por el Cambio deputies who voted in favor are: Maximiliano Abad, president of the Buenos Aires UCR and the JxC bloc in the Lower House; Fabián Perechodnik, man of the mayor of La Plata, Julio Garro; Verónica Barbieri, leader of Jorge Macri’s environment, who used the legal twist of falling back on the Buenos Aires government to avoid completing his second term as head of the Executive Branch of Vicente López; Eugenia Brizzi, responds to the former communal chief of Morón and Vidal’s former husband, Ramiro Tagliaferro; Carolina Buitrago, from the Joaquín De la Torre circle; Fernando Campagnoni, from the surroundings of Héctor Gay, mayor of Bahía Blanca; Fernanda Antonijevic and Paula Bustos who respond to the mayor of Pergamino, Javier Martínez; Julieta Quintero (from Garro’s circle); Viviana Dirolli, from the radical Facundo Manes; Martiniano Molina, former mayor of Quilmes who responds to Diego Santilli; Florencia Retamoso, leader of Patricia Bullrich’s environment; Lorenzo Natali, close to Emilio Monzó; Laura Ricchini (Jorge Macri); Fernando Rovello (also from Angelici); Adrián Urrelli, leader of the mayor of Lanús, Néstor Grindetti; Natalia Dziakowski, by Margarita Stolbizer; Abigail Gómez; and Mauricio Vivani (also responds to Jorge Macri).
From the opposition, the radicals also supported the rule: Emiliano Balbín, Anahí Bilbao, Claudio Frangul, Melisa Grecco, Alejandra Lorden, Nazarena Mesías, Valentín Miranda, Julio Pasqualin, Claudio Rossi and Vanesa Zuccari.
Fabián Perechodnik with Julio Garro. The former Vidal official voted in favor of modifying the law
Of the opposition deputies who gave their consent for an important group of mayors to be reelected for the third time after the sanction of the law in 2016, there were two cases that surprised both in Together for Change and in the Front of All. They are Fabián Perechodnik and Daniel Lipovetzky.
Perechodnik was Secretary General of the Province of Buenos Aires during Vidal’s administration. After the defeat of Juntos por el Cambio in 2019, he was appointed by Garro as head of the Planning, Impact and Management Monitoring area in the Municipality of La Plata. This year, he topped the list of candidates for provincial deputies for the eighth electoral section, supporting Santilli’s nomination. Despite the years that he accompanied Vidal, he voted in favor of modifying the law.
Daniel Lipovetzky and a message on social networks
Lipovetzky was another of those who was expected to vote against, especially after signing, together with legislators who respond to the former governor, a statement in which they ratified their commitment to “not vote anything that directly or indirectly allows the mayors who took office in 2015 and re-elected in 2019 can run again ”. Finally, the leader linked to Daniel Angelici abstained.
“My position on indefinite re-elections is public knowledge, I am totally against it. That is why I abstained from voting on the bill ”, explained Lipovetzky through his social networks.
“There is Mauricio Macri and the macrismo to the pancakes who talked so much to the fart”, declared the massista deputy Ruben Eslaiman to Infobae, in relation to the cases of Perechodnik and Lipovetzky.
Only 11 of the 41 deputies of Juntos por el Cambio voted against the changes to the law. Those of the PRO, linked to Vidal: Alex Campbell (former secretary of Municipal Affairs of the Buenos Aires government of Cambiemos), Johana Panebianco, Anastasia Peralta Ramos, Matías Ranzini, Sergio Siciliano, Santiago Passaglia, Juan Carrara and Noelia Ruiz.
Statement from Together for Change
“We warned from the beginning, the value of the word is defended and cared for, because the commitment assumed with the Buenos Aires people is much more important than any partisan or personal interest,” said the Buenos Aires legislators of Juntos through a statement published later of the vote. And they pointed out that “the modification was not necessary.”
“In any case, the abuses and shortcuts that some leaders committed on the regulation were resolved by repealing that regulation but not with one more mandate for everyone; it was not necessary ”, they questioned. This time Lipovetzky did not sign the document.
In addition to that handful of PRO deputies, in Together for Change those of the Civic Coalition, Luciano Bugallo and Maricel Etchecoin, and the radical Pablo Dominichini opposed. Neither did those who respond to José Luis Espert, Guillermo Castello, Constanza Moragues and Nahuel Sotelo vote the law; those of the FIT, Guillermo Kane and Graciela Calderón; and -of the ruling party- those of the Renovation Front: Ruben Eslaiman, Germán Di Césare, Luciana Padulo, Juan Martín Malpelli, Fernanda Bevilacqua, Valeria Arata, Nicolás Russo, Ayelén Rasquetti, Marcela Faroni, Debora Galán and Javier Mignaquy.
Meanwhile, outside of JxC, they voted in favor: Walter Abarca, Maite Alvado, Ariel Archanco, Soledad Alonso, Naldo Brunelli, Mariano Cascallares, Alberto Conochiari, Patricia Cubría, Juan Pablo De Jesús, Fernanda Díaz, Alejandro Dichiara, Juan Gómez Parodi , Susana González, Adrián Grana, Viviana Guzzo, Lucía Iáñez, Débora Indarte, Lucía Klug, Mariana Larroque, Berenice Latorre, Roxana López,, Matías Molle, Cuto Moreno, Micaela Olivetto, José Pérez,, Ricardo Rolleri, Nora Salbitano and César Valicenti . All of the provincial government. And the legislators of Federal Change, Walter Carusso and Sergio Domínguez Yelpo; from the Fe Party, Natalia Sánchez Jáuregui; and from the November 17 block, Fabio Britos.
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