Bullrich and Larreta agreed to a political truce to support Gerardo Morales over the situation in Jujuy
When they got on the plane yesterday morning, Patricia Bullrich and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta did not know that they were going to headline a high-flying political photo in the afternoon. She was going to Córdoba, but she could not arrive. He traveled to Formosa and had to return earlier. It was going to be at 5:00 p.m. In the end, they agreed at 6:00 p.m. At that time, the two PRO presidential candidates sealed a political truce and were the center of a unity photo with all the leaders of Together for Change (JxC). It was to repudiate the sociopolitical situation of Jujuy and support the governor of that province, Gerardo Morales.
Despite the political differences that exist in the coalition, the space figures agreed yesterday on the need to show unity. Both Bullrich and Larreta agreed that they should give a message of “strength” and “set a limit” to Kirchnerism. In the opposition they analyze that if they arrive at the Casa Rosada on December 10, the situation in the northern province can be replicated at the national level.
Minutes after noon on Tuesday, the former Minister of Security had lunch with Damián Arabia, one of her national shipowners, in a bar in the Botanical Garden area. She had arrived from Ezeiza a while ago, after her unsuccessful trip to Córdoba, where she had planned to make a campaign tour with Luis Juez and Rodrigo De Loredo for the elections on Sunday in that province. There were fog banks that prevented the flight from landing and the Aerolíneas Argentinas plane returned to Buenos Aires. Suddenly, she took her cell phone to make a call.
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Patricia Bullrich and Gerardo Morales.
“Horace,” Bullrich greeted.
“Hello, Patricia,” Rodríguez Larreta answered from Formosa.
“There I spoke with Gerardo and it seemed good to hold a conference with everyone,” Bullrich told Larreta. The head of government agreed. He had been in contact with Morales throughout the morning and knew what was happening in Jujuy as a result of the protests rejecting the reform of the local Constitution. Larreta and Bullrich decided to meet at the national headquarters of the PRO, at 412 Balcarce street. They briefly analyzed the Jujuy situation and proposed drafting a joint JxC statement.
Bullrich proposed to convene at 5:00 p.m. “I’m in Formosa, Patricia. I can arrive at 6:00 p.m. ”, requested the head of Government.
The protesters clashed with the Jujuy police in rejection of the reform of the local Constitution (REUTERS)
Larreta had woken up in Iguazú, Misiones. He was in that province in campaign mode and mid-morning he flew to Formosa to support the local JxC candidates. The Formoseños also elect a governor on Sunday. He was accompanied by a delegation made up of Julia Pomares, head of City Advisors, Jorge Telerman, director of the Teatro Colón, and Gimena Villafruela, a Buenos Aires legislator.
From early on, Larreta looked at her cell phone and received messages about the crisis in Jujuy. The Legislature of that province was preparing to approve the constitutional reform promoted by Governor Morales. At 11 o’clock the protest of a group of social movements, leaders of the left, of Kirchnerism, indigenous peoples and teachers began in rejection of the new regulations. The legislative building was attacked by protesters and there were clashes with local security forces working in the area.
In one of the communications, Larreta asked Morales how he could help him and asked him if he needed him to travel to Jujuy. The governor thanked and said that it was not necessary. Both are political partners and speak daily. Three days after the presentation of candidacies for the presidential elections, the radical leader is the name that sounds the most strongly to be the running mate of the head of government. The political negotiations are advanced, although yesterday they were paused due to the crisis and the violence unleashed in the northern province.
The security forces of Jujuy intervened due to the demonstrations in the center of San Salvador
Over the weekend, the sectors that resisted the reform of the Constitution of Jujuy had cut routes in the north of the province. Local security forces intervened; the situation ended with incidents and injuries. Yesterday, protesters clashed with police in downtown San Salvador and the violence escalated. Stones and rubber bullets flew from 11 a.m. to about 4 p.m. There were 68 detainees, 170 people injured and 57 troops had to be hospitalized.
After speaking with Morales and Bullrich, Rodríguez Larreta informed his small table of the situation. Eduardo Macchiavelli, secretary of Federal Projection and Larretista national shipowner, spoke with Federico Angelini, interim president of the PRO and candidate for lieutenant governor of Santa Fe. The leaders coordinated details of the afternoon conference and advanced logistics.
By order of Bullrich, Angelini contacted the presidents of the JxC parties. At the same time, Bullrich called Maximiliano Ferraro, a national deputy and president of the Civic Coalition, to tell him what he had discussed with Larreta and Morales. The leader agreed, although he asked that the meeting be attended by all the leaders of the opposition bloc and that they not seek to “get political revenue” -in the framework of the presidential internship between the former minister and Rodríguez Larreta-.
JxC supported Gerardo Morales and pointed against the Government for the incidents in Jujuy
Ferraro had gone to Capilla del Señor to see Elisa Carrió. During the morning he spoke with Morales and told the founder of the Civic Coalition the details. After speaking with Bullrich and agreeing on aspects of the conference, the deputy contacted Angelini and summoned the authorities of the other JxC parties: Miguel Ángel Pichetto, from Encuentro Republicano, José Luis Espert, from Avanza Libertad, Margarita Stolbizer and Sergio Abrevaya , from GEN, and Alberto Assef from Unir. They all agreed on a statement that they signed and disseminated at 4:00 p.m.
Something that they also coordinated was the location of the leaders during the conference. “Everything was agreed and prepared before,” a witness from the organization of the conclave revealed to this medium. Bullrich and Larreta occupied the center. At their sides, the party authorities: Martín Lousteau, national senator and vice president of the UCR, Ferraro, Pichetto and Espert. Standing, at the ends and behind the sidewalks, the rest of the legislators and referents.
Also highlighted was the presence of national legislators Maria Eugenia Vidal, Diego Santilli and Fernando Iglesias (PRO), Emiliano Yacobitti, Miguel Angel Bazze and Luis Naidenoff (UCR), Juan Manuel Lopez (CC).
Gerardo Morales, Governor of Jujuy
They also resolved who would speak and unified criteria of the discursive axis. “This is Kirchnerism that promotes violence. They do it to stop change, since they can’t stop it with votes, they do it with violence,” said Rodríguez Larreta. For his part, Bullrich assured that “there is an explicit order not to act from the federal forces. It is a serious crisis and we are not going to allow violence to be generated.”
The two coincided and pointed against Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for not ruling on the crisis in Chaco, due to the disappearance of Cecilia Strzyzowski. “There are groups managed by Emerenciano Sena, who have the same actions as Milagro Sala, who are being accused of a femicide,” said the president of the PRO on leave.
At 1:30 p.m., Bullrich had spoken with Cristian Ritondo, president of the PRO block in Deputies, and with Humberto Schiavoni, head of the yellow bench in the Senate. Both are leaders who orbit in their political armament. He notified the two of the conference and asked them to convene the rest of the coalition legislators. Immediately, the cambiemita deputies issued a statement to support Morales. Silvia Lospennato, a deputy close to Rodríguez Larreta and the bloc’s parliamentary secretary, supervised the prose and retouched details of the text. The senators replicated the mechanism.
The presidents and authorities of the Together for Change parties
During the afternoon, the different WhatsApp groups exchanged messages, photos and screenshots. In a week of political tension on the eve of the closing of the lists, the electoral discussion was suspended. The situation in Jujuy captured the attention of both the opposition and the ruling party.
At 4:30 p.m. the first leaders had already arrived at the PRO national headquarters. Until 18:15 the arrival of JxC figures continued. In total, 28 referents from all JvC matches agreed. Due to the long weekend, some legislators had traveled to their provinces and could not reach Buenos Aires.
Patricia Bullrich and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta
Before the conference, the leaders met in the office room on the fifth floor. They were located around a long oval table surrounded by 11 desk chairs. Most remained standing. “Horacio arrives in five”, warned Macchiavelli. Rodríguez Larreta landed from Formosa and moved towards Balcarce 412. Bullrich, Ferraro and the rest were already there. Morales participated via Zoom from his office at the Ciudad Cultural property, in the Alto Padilla neighborhood of Jujuy. They tried to broadcast it from a computer, but the governor’s voice could not be heard and they looked for an HDMI cable to connect it to a smart TV.
The Jujuy president spoke for 20 minutes and offered a detailed report on the situation in the province. He accused the national government for not interfering with federal forces and pointed against Kirchnerism. “They sent buses with people from Buenos Aires,” Morales said.
During the radical’s dissertation, only Bullrich, Rodríguez Larreta and Pichetto intervened with questions. The president of the national UCR told them that his judicial team was preparing lawsuits against ministers and national authorities for “failing to comply with the duties of a public official,” among other alleged crimes.
Then they went over how they would sit for the lecture. With everything agreed, they went down to the basement, where the media and the press officers of each party were waiting. The chosen room was very small. The leaders entered in single file, in the middle of the journalists, and stood behind a JxC banner. After months of internship, the opposition achieved a unity photo. Perhaps the most important political image that the coalition had in the year.
In addition, Karina Banfi, María Luisa Storani, Fabio Quetglas, Alejandro Finnochiaro, Sabrina Ajmechedt, Camila Crescimbeni, Dina Rezinovsky, María Sotolano, Victoria Morales Gorleri and Garbiel Mraida participated.
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