Buenos Aires, Jan 13. The Argentine Government called this Friday the celebration, between January 23 and February 28, during the summer recess, of extraordinary sessions in Congress, to deal with projects such as the controversial political trial that the ruling party promotes against the judges of the Court Supreme.
The president, Alberto Fernández, ordered by decree the call to discuss 27 issues, among which are also the no less controversial projects of the Executive for the expansion of the Supreme Court and the reform of the Council of the Magistracy, the body that appoints, sanctions and removes to the judges.
The Argentine Constitution establishes that the Chambers of Deputies and Senators meet in ordinary sessions from March 1 to November 30, although it clarifies that they can also be called extraordinarily by the president or their sessions can be extended, something that usually happens every year. .
The ruling party promotes in Congress the impeachment of the five Supreme Court magistrates, after Fernández accused the president of the high court, Horacio Rosatti, and the rest of its members of “poor performance of duties” for “some acts with different degrees of responsibility.
To judge the Supreme Court, the intervention of both Chambers with special majorities of two-thirds of its members is required, a figure that neither the ruling party nor the opposition have.
“As long as this outrage against the Supreme Court continues, we are not going to provide a quorum and give viability to any project promoted by the National Government or the Frente de Todos,” reported the main opposition coalition, Together for Change, contrary to the initiatives promoted by the Executive in the judicial field.
The Government is also promoting the expansion of the Court, from 5 judges to 15, to guarantee, as the pro-government senators have argued, the representation of the different provinces of the country. That project was already approved last year by the Senate, although its debate and eventual approval in the Lower House remain.
Both projects arose from the government’s confrontation with the Supreme Court, in the first instance as a result of the judicial process against the vice president, Cristina Fernández, for irregularities in the concession of public works during her mandates (2007-2015), who was found guilty and sentenced to 6 years in prison and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
The vice president enjoys immunity until December 2023 and has the right to appeal the sentence for review before higher courts.
Added to this is the conflict between the national government and that of the city of Buenos Aires -led by the opposition Horacio Rodríguez Larreta-, due to a ruling by the Supreme Court that forced the return of fiscal funds to the capital -which Fernández complied with, reluctantly although He described it as a “political failure” -, and because of the accusations promoted by the central Executive regarding the alleged link of a Buenos Aires minister in an alleged corruption plot that includes judges.