The discussion that brings enemies together against Máximo Kirchner and La Cámpora

Some sectors of the opposition claim that the government puts on the table the issue of the re-election of mayors to cover up reality, stating that it is not an issue to deal with now. Others maintain that the Government with the modification / repeal of the law pays the mayors for the comeback of the elections and limits the actions of The field.

There are many voices within the ruling party and opposition that are against the law. The mayors of Buenos Aires Peronism see that with this limitation they leave the door open for the entry of The field, with the wallet of the State, in the municipal executives. In the opposition, the greatest claim of the mayors is for the modification of article 7 of the Law (it establishes that it is taken as the first term in 2015, when the law was enacted in 2016) they argue that a law should not be retroactive.

President Alberto Fernandez brought the issue to the table at the October 17 dinner he had with Axel Kicillof, Buenos Aires mayors and national officials. During the meeting, which marked the end of the celebrations for the day of militancy, Alberto Fernandez He promised to support the Buenos Aires communal chiefs. For his part the governor of the province of Buenos Aires He proposed moving forward, seeking consensus, on a bill that modifies or clarifies the entry into force of Law 14,836 that put an end to the indefinite re-elections of mayors, councilors, provincial legislators and school counselors.

Wednesday noon Axel Kicillof, Verónica Magario, Maximum Kirchner and Sergio Massa met at the Government House of the Buenos Aires province with 70 Peronist mayors, with whom they shared a camaraderie barbecue.

The governor thanked them for the work that allowed the comeback in the elections, told them that there will be changes in the Cabinet, presented the axes of the Budget for next year and the mayors took the opportunity to demand greater participation and asked that they triple the Municipal Infrastructure Fund. But nothing was said about the Law that limits the reelection of mayors. The communal leaders of Buenos Aires Peronism left empty-handed.

MDZ talked with Marcelo Santillán, mayor of González Chávez, one of those who participated in the “roast of camaraderie.” We asked him why they did not speak at the meeting on the limitation to re-elections and this he told us: “We had so many topics to talk with Axel that I do not reach the time ”. In addition, He said that he is against the Law and added: “It must be repealed, the society with the citizen vote is the one that places limits on the rulers.” In addition, it held that the Constitution of the Province of Buenos Aires it is very clear and does not limit the re-election of mayors.

Marcelo Santillán, Mayor of González Chávez.

González Chávez’s communal chief said: “This issue must be dealt with in the Legislature. It should not be prosecuted, Justice is for other things. Politics must resolve it in the legislative arena. And we must abide by what the legislators decide ”.

One of the first mayors of the Front of All who spoke openly against the Law that limits re-elections is Gustavo Barrera, from Villa Gesell, who affirmed: “The one who removes leaders or puts them in is the people, the expiration date is defined by the people.” In addition, he argued: “The laws are not retroactive, the moment where the law was enacted should not be taken as the first period, but the next one.”

Meanwhile, the mayor of the seaside resort said that the discussion should take place in the Legislature, with the agreement of all political forces, remarking: “We cannot prosecute politics.”

Opinion is diverse in the opposition

MDZ spoke with legislators and mayors of the opposition about the position and the legislative debate that is coming around the questioned Law that puts a brake on indefinite re-elections.

The mayor of Brandsen, Daniel Cappelletti, who participated on Tuesday in the forum of radical mayors in Saladillo, affirmed that the majority agree with the modification of article 7, taking 2019 as the first term. “You have to respect compliance with the law. I am in favor of the two terms so that there is political change ”, I clarify. “There is no legislation that applies retroactively. You cannot legislate backwards, ”he said.

The mayor of Brandsen Daniel Cappelletti.

Likewise, the communal chief of Brandsen maintained that the majority of the mayors, of all the political parties with the exception of The fieldThey are asking for the Law to be reformed. Cappelletti he remarked: “The people with the vote are the ones who put the limitations on the politicians.”

For his part, the mayor PRO from Bahía Blanca, Hector Gay, he disagreed with modifying the Law. He stated: “In any case there is a legal interpretation that can be taken and that some are discussing at this time, regarding when the first term is taken. There is a discussion on the issue of retroactivity of the laws. On that the jurists must issue themselves ”.

the PRO Mayor of Bahía Blanca, Héctor Gay.

In tune with his Bahian peer, the mayor of La Plata Julio Garro said to MDZ: “I am one of those who think that it is not appropriate to reform it, I understand that this puts a limit on re-elections and it is something that I share.” He also added: “There is a library that must be listened to, it says that the Law is badly applied. But that will be a matter of a judicial definition. I understand that the Justice shall issue itself on the transitory clause or the Legislature after consulting the Justice ”.

Julio Garro He said: “All of us at the time endorsed the limit to re-elections.”

In the Buenos Aires Legislature legislators are getting ready for the upcoming debate. On the one hand, some argue that it is not the time to give this debate, that the ruling party did not present anything and uses this issue as a smokescreen to cover up reality. Others, on the other hand, are getting ready to fight.

The deputy of Together Daniel Lipovetzky argued that the Law that limits re-elections is part of the most important political reform of the last 30 years in the Buenos Aires province.

Lipovetsky He said: “The law is very clear, it seeks political renewal. Those who say the law is retroactive have no arguments. First, because the Law is clear, it establishes as the first term the moment to vote and second, because it began to be applied this year, putting limits on the re-elections of Senators, Deputies and Councilors ”.

The deputy of TogetherSharpening the sword for the battle, he said: “What they are looking for from the ruling party is to pay for the comeback of the elections by eternalizing them in power, especially the Barones del Conurbano.” And he clarified: “On these issues we cannot be lukewarm”

For his part from the Advance Freedom, a block that is emerging as the arbiter of the battle, the elected legislator Guillermo Castello He argued that they will do everything to uphold the law, because it was an institutional advance that must not be lost and had the consensus of the majority of the political blocs.

In addition, Castello He said: “It is crazy to go around changing the laws for personal needs, for not being able to have the re-election of some Barones del Conurbano. This Law was made to end the incidence of the Conurbano Barons. It cannot be that the president and the governor have a single re-election and the mayors are bolted to their positions ”.

From the Civic Coalition the legislators expressed their rejection of the modification of the Law through a statement: ““ In 2016 we accompanied by voting the non-reelection, a year ago we made our position clear again, and today we recall it again so that there are no doubts. The end of indefinite re-elections is the province it is a conquest that cannot be negotiated ”.

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