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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

PRO, Renewal Front battle for VP slot

By Juan Manuel Ibarra

With newly elected and re-elected lawmakers swearing in for the next four years, the new parliamentary phase that begins today in the Lower House has already been marked by a fierce dispute between three political parties over the strategic third vice-presidency of the chamber.

With the Victory Front (FpV) and Radical Party (UCR) holding on to their leads in Congress, the Renewal Front, PRO and the Broad Progressive Front (FAP) are negotiating against the clock to add allies from different parties to tilt the balance in their favour to secure the third slot.

The dispute goes beyond the legislative charges, because the position at stake is considered representative of which party leads the race towards the 2015 presidential elections.

Sergio Massa’s Renewal Front seems to have a slight advantage to emerge as the third force. Sources close to lawmaker Graciela Camaño confirmed to the Herald that Massa’s party will total 22 seats. According to the source, 13 elected lawmakers plus four with seats until 2015 and an adittional five allies will make up the caucus that the Renewal Front will present today to the President of the Lower House of Congress Julián Domínguez, who will designate the third vice-presidency.

Mauricio Macri’s PRO is also fighting hard for the position in its attempt to enhance the figure of its leader ahead of 2015. Its official count of 20 lawmakers falls short of the Renewal Front, its main rival.

“It is a negotiation and it takes time, but I think that the PRO will earn the third vice-presidency despite the amount of lawmakers. We will see in the debate,” Pinedo told the Herald.

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