The Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, received the mayors of the Frente de Todos in La Plata today to discuss the details of the relaunch of his administration after the narrow defeat in the legislative elections of the province of Buenos Aires, although he did not advance a specific definition on the demand of many of them to modify the law that prohibited the indefinite reelections of the communal chiefs in the municipalities.
The meeting took place in the middle of the public debate on the law that prohibited indefinite reelection for the mayors of the province of Buenos Aires and that now several communal heads who have been in government for more than one period want to modify to go for a new term in 2023 .
The mayors discussed the issue days ago with President Alberto Fernández and they have already approached Kicillof with proposals to modify law 14,836, regulated by the management of former governor María Eugenia Vidal, to end the indefinite re-election.
However, there is a strong division within the ruling party regarding this issue since there are several communal heads of the Frente de Todos who are in favor of this limit to re-elections, as well as national political figures from both spaces who also share the same position. rejection of reelection, including Sergio Massa himself.
In 2016, the leader of the Renewal Front was Vidal’s main partner, contributing his votes in the provincial Senate to achieve the brake on re-reelections: with the current norm, mayors cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
The leader of La Cámpora, Máximo Kirchner, has a favorable position that “citizens exercise the right to choose whether a mayor has to continue his work of government.”
In fact, the deputies of the Kirchnerist group voted in 2016 against the law promoted by Vidal and Massa in the province.
It is for this reason that now the former mayor of Tigre is not going to lead the cause to reform the law, beyond what he finally ends up deciding.
In this context of pro-government dispersion, Kicillof preferred not to rush a definition and wait for consensus to be ordered in the Front of All, since it would be useless to fight a battle in Parliament if there are not the votes to win it.
The mayor of Tigre, Julio Zamora, affirmed that the law that limits the re-election of the communal heads of the province of Buenos Aires is “unconstitutional” because it establishes “conditions” that were not the subject of the reform of the Magna Carta in 1994. .
The communal chief asserted that both President Alberto Fernández and Kicillof agree with the mayors to go against that law voted during the government of María Eugenia Vidal with the support of a sector of the opposition (including the Massa Renewal Front). .
“We must reform the Constitution to establish the reelection or not reelection of provincial mayors and legislators,” said Zamora.
Accompanied by the president of the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation, Sergio Massa, and the head of the ruling bloc, Máximo Kirchner, both leaders of the Province, Kicillof carried out together with the mayors an evaluation of the elections, in which the ruling party lost by one point but got a comeback from the PASO.
The president also internalized the communal chiefs about the relaunch of the management that he plans for the next few days and that aims to implement measures with a focus on the two years that remain in his mandate.
“Structural transformations take time,” anticipated the Kirchner president at the end of the conclave, when asked if he planned to aspire to a new mandate.
During the meeting, the attendees agreed that there is already a process of economic reactivation in Argentina, they warned that “not all growth shows redistribution.”
“In order to reach the most neglected sectors, the middle sectors, enterprises, cooperatives, workers in general, state policies are needed,” they considered.
“There has been a recovery after the pandemic, which is not yet noticeable in all sectors. The tourist municipalities spoke that this weekend was explosive, which accounts for that recovery,” said sources who were present at the meeting .
As they pointed out, “the commitment of the provincial government is to work so that the recovery is quick and effective”, they also emphasized that the benefits of growth have to “reach the last and the last Buenos Aires.”
In this sense, they clarified that “it is not enough” to resume the pre-pandemic economic levels because “the people voted for the Frente de Todos because things were bad, we came from very low.”
“The clean and jerk must continue to be used to recover, people are experiencing difficulties. There is a commitment from the provincial government, shared with the mayors,” they highlighted.
In another order, the rough lines of the 2022 Budget for the province were reviewed, and it was anticipated that there will be “an important floor in public works with a slightly different distribution.” The proposal for a tax reform aimed at “maintaining progressivity” as a horizon was also outlined, limiting increases but with the idea of ”recovering last year’s inflation.”
Finally, the Buenos Aires authorities urged the mayors to commit to “going house-to-house searching” for citizens to reinforce the message in favor of immunizing minors against Covid-19, with the idea of counteracting “the anti-pediatric vaccination campaign “that” has permeated a lot in many municipalities. (NA)