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Alberto Fernández, the specialist in assuming the worst defeats of Kirchnerism as his own

President Alberto Fernández, before the defeats of Kirchnerism.  (Franco Fafasuli)
President Alberto Fernández, before the defeats of Kirchnerism. (Franco Fafasuli)

Those who know the internal dynamics of the fragile government of Alberto Fernandez assure that during the last days -even between Christmas Eve and Christmas- his collaborators approached him with alternatives to try to reverse the Supreme Court ruling that ordered him to return to the City of Buenos Aires part of the federal co-participation funds cut unilaterally during the pandemic.

They write down in this task the handful of stalwarts who still remain by their side, although specifically the pen is ultimately in the hands of Carlos Zanninithe Treasury Attorney and whom Cristina Kirchnerusually calls in public and in private his “friend”. It is about the legal brain to whom the vice president trusts like few others, despite the fact that her successes as head of state lawyers are unknown.

Zannini is the head of the State lawyers and will be in charge of presenting the Government's arguments in court in the face of the controversy over co-participation.
Zannini is the head of the State lawyers and will be in charge of presenting the Government’s arguments in court in the face of the controversy over co-participation.

Zannini Not only was he harshly questioned when the VIP vaccination scandal was uncovered – he and his wife were vaccinated against COVID – but he was also criticized for stating that some personalities “deserved” to receive that immunization before other Argentines.

Regardless of who has the last word, for opposition leaders and analysts it is as moving as it is grotesque to see the president accept as his own a defeat that was built by Kirchnerism -with patient inexperience- for more than two years.

In September 2020, Alberto Fernández signed a decree that inspired the Patria Institute as a solution for the government of Axel Kicillof could increase the salaries of the Buenos Aires policemen who were almost in revolt due to the delay in their salaries. In addition, the president delegated to the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” DePedrothe mediation hearings that were held this year in the Supreme Court and that had no results.

As a “man of law”, Alberto Fernández could not ignore that the unilateral handling of funds by the Government to a subnational jurisdiction would end in a trial and that not agreeing after several mediations would end up harming him.

As happened with the unfortunate decree and the ineffective mediation, the government’s strategy once again fell into the hands of Kirchnerism. The idea, then, was to execute with the revocation appeal in extremis that Zannini between today and tomorrow before the Supreme Court a delay maneuver must be presented so that the process “falls” at the judicial fair that will begin next Thursday, since there is an administrative holiday on Friday. Excuses for not saying that there is disobedience or contempt.

Specifically, it would serve to delay a decision for a month that all the parties involved discount that it will be unfavorable for the Casa Rosada.

“Not complying with the sentence is a joke, but even more so announcing an appeal in extremis that is known in advance that it will be rejected. But the worst thing is that they raised the impeachment trial again to the judges of the Court, all at the same time. You attack the very judges you ask to reconsider the ruling. It is not serious, ”he explained to infobae a political leader who was involved in the conflict over the co-participation.

Although last week from the Ministry of Economy that leads Sergio Massa -the other protagonist of the file processed by the highest court- were waiting for the Treasury Attorney, they decided to move forward with their own plan, which includes the creation of taxes to finance the nearly 180 billion pesos that the allocation of the 2nd would “cost”. 95% co-participation ordered by the Supreme Court of Justice.

Neither Zannini nor Massa, who appear in the file as counterparts to the government of the City of Buenos Aires, spoke about the controversy, unlike President Alberto Fernández himself, who complained that the Court’s precautionary measure was “impracticable.” , among other things, because “he had no money” assigned to finance this measure, in accordance with the Budget approved by the National Congress.

While Alberto Fernández assumes another defeat in the imaginary battle against corporations and concentrated groups as his own, Cristina Kirchner prepares her return to a political act, 20 days after being sentenced to six years in prison and lifelong disqualification for corruption with public works of Santa Cruz.

It will be tomorrow, at 7:00 p.m., at the inauguration of the Diego Armando Maradona sports center in Avellaneda, invited by Jorge Ferraresi, the ultra-K mayor and former Minister of Housing who left the government of Alberto Fernández months ago to shield his district for the elections Next year.

Jorge Ferraresi and Cristina Kirchner.
Jorge Ferraresi and Cristina Kirchner.

The tribute to Maradona occurs when the whole country celebrates Lionel Messi and Lionel Scaloni, who as a player and coach, respectively, are at the opposite end of the captain who was world champion in Mexico 86. Cristina Kirchner had already shown herself to be “Maradonian” when congratulating Messi with a message published on his social networks.

“Infinite thanks, captain… to you, to the team and to the coaching staff, for the enormous joy that you have given to the Argentine people. And a special greeting after his Maradonian “andá pa’allá bobo”, with which he definitely won the hearts of the Argentines”, CFK published on Twitter.

The truth is that the vice president will speak for the first time before the militancy after the ruling that condemned her, her announcement that she will not be a candidate for anything next year and when the drums of war resound against the Judiciary for the precautionary measure of the Supreme Court that benefited the government of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, one of the presidential candidates for the opposition.

It is expected that tomorrow Cristina Kirchner will refer in her speech to that confrontation that she maintains against the judges. But it is also discounted that there will be mentions of the election year that is coming up and her decision to step aside in electoral terms, which she announced in her speech on December 6 last.

As pro-government leaders usually state, Ferraresi said this weekend that “if Cristina has to be a candidate, she will have to be a candidate, because the important thing is that in 2023 the Frente de Todos (FdT) continues to be the government.”

Cristina Kirchner has already shared a political act with Ferraresi. It was within the framework of a CTA meeting, where the trade unionist and national deputy Hugo Yasky also spoke. On that occasion, when Martín Guzmán was still there, the vice president spoke of the “import festival” and launched the phrase “if Evita lived”. It was a pivotal act in political terms.

The vice president and Ferraresi were also together in December 2019, when the mayor was sworn in by some children from public schools in the district.

“These are numbers that we did not expect, that surprised us. The ruling party, despite everything that happened and the bad image that the president has, they still remain competitive. The phrase is pronounced by Gustavo Córdoba, from the consulting firm Zuban Córdoba y Asociados, while he begins to receive the consolidated numbers of a national household survey that ended last week.

Although he avoids giving numbers, he anticipates that the study will be released in the first weeks of next year and shows a reality that contrasts with the polls that are most widely disseminated in the media, where the various opposition candidacies are easily imposed by the alternatives. From the Front of All.

The consultant explained that the numbers he has show the ruling party and the opposition with a difference of more or less 2 points, that Javier Milei is consolidated as the third force, but closer to 15 than to 20 points and that in Together for the Change the Rodríguez Larreta garners more accessions than his rival, Patricia Bullrich.

Javier Milei's libertarians are consolidated as the third force, closer to 15 points than 20.
Javier Milei’s libertarians are consolidated as the third force, closer to 15 points than 20.

“There is a very big rejection of Cristina Kirchner and Mauricio Macri,” says Gustavo Córdoba, who interprets that next year more moderate alternatives could predominate than the extreme, harsh or “hawks.”

It is a survey that is still in the preliminary stage, but which also indicates that the economic factor will be decisive for the result. “The concern is for inflation, but above all for the purchasing power of the salary, because what appears is that the money is not enough,” he explained.

For the consultant, the electoral process of 2023 and the candidacies must be resolved based on the second round, of the candidates that generate less rejection in the electorate. “That is why it may be the time of the moderates, of the Larreta, of the Massa or some Peronist governor,” he warned.

The virtual rebellion put together by the 14 Peronist governors who last week stood up to President Alberto Fernández to resist the decision of the Supreme Court that benefited the city of Buenos Aires has several readings. All of them exceed, by far, the fiscal or budgetary question.

In the first place it was the visible reappearance of a rejection of the interior towards the Federal Capital, to the porteño. The governors, especially the Peronists, have been expressing strong questions about the supposed “privilege” of citizens who live not only in CABA, but also in the so-called AMBA region, which includes the parties of the Buenos Aires suburbs.

The pressure exerted by the Peronist governors – where a leader of radical origin, such as Gerardo Zamora from Santiago, has a decisive role – demonstrated that the so-called League of Governors has sufficient political power to impose conditions within the Frente de Todos.

The governors, pole of power consolidated in the Front of All.
The governors, pole of power consolidated in the Front of All.

Beyond the fact that Juan Schiaretti (Córdoba) and Omar Perotti (Santa Fe) did not sign the statement that rejected the precautionary measure and demanded to file an appeal, these leaders have been talking about the possibility of presenting their own candidate for the next elections.

One of them, Juan Manzur, who is the governor of Tucumán on leave at the same time as chief of staff, has his aspirations intact. The “John XXIII” project of the Maronite Catholic depends on how he fares in the provincial election to be held between March and April. Within this framework and as if it were the first step on an international agenda, he met in Jerusalem with the President of the State of Israel, Isaac Herzog, and was the protagonist of an unusual event: invited by the powerful Rabbi David Lau, he was the first Argentine Maronite Catholic in lighting a candle from the Chanukah ritual candelabrum at the Wailing Wall.

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