December 6, 2013
Anti-K leaders: President may not end term
Carrió compares gov’t to dictatorship, others liken current situation to 2001
Following the Kirchnerite defeat in the primaries, an increasing number of oppositoin members are warning of doomsday-like scenarios for the next two years before the 2015 presidential election, warning President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner could face trouble finishing her term.
“If Cristina (Fernández de Kirchner) does not change the direction of her administration she will have to leave the government,” said lawmaker Jorge Yoma, a former Kirchnerite who is now a dissident Peronist.
“If she doesn’t make any changes, neither (Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel) Scioli nor Peronism will be able to sustain her” until the next presidential elections, Yoma added — implying the head of state may need to resign before the end of her constitutional term.
Gerónimo “Momo” Venegas, leader of the Rural Workers’ union, compared the current political situation to the weeks of economic and political crisis that led then-president Fernando de la Rúa to resign.
Venegas spoke out against Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino, who, following the New York court ruling in favour of the holdout creditors said that some sectors wanted “to take the country back to 2001.”
“It’s the government itself who’s dragging the country back to 2001,” said Venegas, whose FE Party barely passed the 1.5 percent voter threshold in the primaries needed to take part in the October election.
National lawmaker Elisa Carrió, now running to retain a seat in the Lower House of Congress under the UNEN front, also used the spectre of the country’s worst political crisis to warn about what the next two years could hold.
“Some figureheads are behaving just like 2001,” Carrió told Cordoba’s newspaper La Voz del Interior.
“There are only two ways out of here. You begin to respect constitutional mandates and the republican system or you end up back in 2001,” the lawmaker insisted.
It is not the first time Carrió, widely known for her tragic political prophecies, speaks about the end of what she calls the Kirchnerite “regime.”
But this time, she might have gone further than in the past.
“I won’t say anything that might help others attack me. We need to get out of this situation like we did in 1983,” Carrió stated, implying that the current democratic period can be compared to the last years of the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
“The Peronist party must pay for the disaster that befalls the country,” the national lawmaker concluded.
Solanas: ‘I won’t be part of it’
Even as Carrió spoke of doomsday prophecies, her ally Fernando “Pino” Solanas did his best to emphasize the importance of democratic structures by recognizing that the leadership of the ruling Victory Front in Congress will remain despite the poor Kirchnerite performance in the August 11 elections.
Solanas, a senatorial candidate for the UNEN front, insisted that even if the government does end up losing some seats in the Lower House following the October election, he will “respect the tradition” that states the largest congressional faction is entitled to the body’s presidency.
“We want institutional continuity, we need the government to control the situation in the best possible way until the end of its term,” the filmmaker said. “We won’t be part of any attempt to destabilize” Congress.
His statements added up to those of Radical Civic Union (UCR) figurehead Julio Cobos and Broad Progressive Front (FAP) leader Hermes Binner, who already revealed they won’t back a proposal to take over that post.
The idea was first mentioned by dissident Peronist Francisco de Narváez and then backed by UCR congressmen Oscar Aguad and Gerardo Morales as well as Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri.
It was a clear message to repeat the experience from late 2009 — when, following the Kirchnerite defeat in the primaries, opposition leaders agreed to take over most key committees.
But Solanas’ statements amounted to the last nail in the coffin for this effort.
Herald staff with DyN, Télam