The recurring internship between the Casa Rosada and Kirchnerism flared up again after weeks of relative peace, with a veiled criticism from one of Cristina Kirchner’s soldiers against Alberto Fernández, who informally began the campaign for the primary elections in the Front of all. The Minister of the Interior and a close reference to Cristina Kirchner, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, was angry and “hurt” with the President because, according to what was assured by those around him, he was not invited to the meeting organized by the President together with rights leaders Human Rights and the first president of Brazil, Inácio Lula da Silva, on Monday, in the White Room of the Government headquarters. From Balcarce 50 they justified the decision not to include him, and considered that the dart of the Cristinista bishop was a way of launching himself as a pre-candidate months after the closing of the lists.
The minister, who is distanced from the president as well as the entire front page of Cristina Kirchner’s orbit, considered that from the Presidency they should have extended a participation to him for the conclave, not so much because of his role in the Government, but rather for his career and militancy in the field of Human Rights De Pedro is the son of disappeared persons and founder of the organization HIJOS and has very close ties with the rest of the organizations.
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The anger over that meeting is inevitably part of the electoral context, as the closing of the June lists approaches and the presidential candidates begin to position themselves. In fact, close to De Pedro, they attributed Alberto Fernández’s decision to “exclude” him to the fact that he is seeking re-election and sees Minister K “as a potential candidate” and, by extension, an internal opponent. The statements, proclaimed off the record from the minister’s environment, are at least striking in the political context that the ruling party is going through today: it is the first time that the Cristinista bishop openly exposes his intentions to compete, and that he raises the discussion with electoral terms the head of state.
In fact, close to him they went further in criticizing the President, with a very harsh phrase that recalls the worst moment of the relationship, at the end of 2021, when the minister resigned from his position after the electoral defeat (in At that time, the Instituto Patria and La Cámpora, led by Cristina and Máximo Kirchner, attributed the strong setback at the polls to the management of Alberto Fernández). “Mixing these things (for the struggle of DD.HH.) with electoral speculation is no longer having codes,” they launched at the president, under his breath.
Wado de Pedro attacked Alberto Fernández because he “excluded” him from the meeting he organized on Monday at the Casa Rosada with representatives of Human Rights (Maximiliano Luna)
On the ground floor of the Casa Rosada, where De Pedro’s offices work, they even said that the human rights organizations, with which he has close ties, contacted the minister to invite him to the event, but that “he considered that, as a member of the Cabinet, I could not attend if I was not invited by the President,” said a close official.
While De Pedro expressed his discontent, Alberto Fernández was in an act for the launch of a food developed with CONICET technology, together with the head of Science, Daniel Filmus, and Social Development, Victoria Tolosa Paz. But from the Presidency they defended the decision: they said that there were no ministers in the indicated meeting, because it had been organized “at the request of the organizations, who wanted to meet with Lula and Alberto.” Along the same lines, they stressed that all the ministers had been part of the act for the signing of mutual cooperation agreements, earlier that same day, and that De Pedro was invited, as head of the political portfolio.
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Representatives of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo had participated in the meeting in the White Room, on the first floor of the Casa Rosada, such as Buscarita Roa, Manuel Goncalves Granada and Leonardo Fossati; of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Founding Line, such as Nora Cortiñas, Taty Almeida, Hilda Clara de Wainstein and Carmen Vieyra de Abreu, of Relatives of Detainees who disappeared for political reasons, such as Ernesto Lejderman, and of the organization that De Pedro founded, HIJOS : Paula Donadio and Anabella Montaner.
It is not the only controversy brought about by the visit of Lula da Silva, the leader recently returned to power, who took office less than a month ago at the Planalto Palace, and with whom all of Argentina’s ruling party, without exception, wants a photo. . The Brazilian president arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday to participate in a bilateral meeting with Alberto Fernández on Monday, and to participate in the Summit of the Community of Latin American States (Celac) organized by the President in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. And although it was planned, as they had warned from the Senate, that he would also meet with Cristina Kirchner, the leader of the Workers’ Party left the country on Wednesday without the meeting with the vice materializing. It was a major setback for the vice president, which Lula’s entourage attributed to “agenda issues.”
Kirchnerism, which during the World Cup and the first two weeks of January, had suspended the questioning against the Casa Rosada, but last week returned to the ring, stealthily, with sporadic statements of relative weight. The usual spokesmen in the inmate, the Buenos Aires minister Andrés “Cuervo” Larroque; National Senator Oscar Parrilli; and even the Chaco governor Jorge Capitanich, came out to pressure Alberto Fernández to advance with greater force and speed against Justice; and to pardon once and for all the Jujuy social leader Milagro Sala. That return to the slopes, after the summer break, coincided with the return of Cristina Kirchner, who had spent time in the South with her family, including Máximo Kirchner, and resumed her political activity in the Senate ten years ago. days
Curiously, a few days ago De Pedro had even shown himself to be conciliatory with the head of the Executive: last week, for example, he pondered the President’s award in the conflict between Mendoza and La Pampa over Portezuelo del Viento. And for months he preferred to stay out of the internal ones, which had reached a peak of no return after milestones such as the signing of the agreement with the IMF, the departure of several ministers, in particular, that of the Economy, Martín Guzmán. Today, five months after the closing of the lists, he took a turn, and instead of privately raising his discomfort with the President, he made it public. In the Casa Rosada, where Albertista officials mainly live, they read the severe direct criticism against Alberto Fernández as the informal launch of De Pedro’s career as a Kirchnerist pre-candidate for the Presidency and they had not yet decided whether to answer him openly.
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