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UCR seeks deal with PRO

Former vice-president Julio Cobos in a file photo.

Cobos, Aguad want Macri to join UNEN Broad Front

Just days ahead of the formal launch of the UNEN Broad Front political party on April 22, Radical Party leaders Julio Cobos and Oscar Aguad expressed optimism that the newly formed group would be able to seal an electoral deal with the centre-right PRO.

Whether to woo Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri into their ranks is likely to be a key point of contention with other members of the force, the UCR’s Socialist and centre-left allies have not been shy about their rejection of a deal with Macri, citing ideological differences and a lack of a common political agenda.

Cobos, a lawmaker in the Lower House, said that “conditions are right” for an electoral deal with the PRO ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.

The former vice-president said that “we are social democrats, but we are going to take our message to society as a whole, we are not going to discriminate. We have to get the Peronist, Radical and PRO vote and everybody else’s because when you are seeking to govern you need to think about what you will do for the entire society.”

Julio Cobos is one of five preliminary presidential candidates in the UNEN Broad Front, which has announced that it will settle its candidacies through the primaries system.

Radical Party lawmaker Oscar Aguad of Córdoba echoed Cobos’s sentiments and said that an electoral alliance was necessary to defeat “populism.” Consulted about the fact that members of the front such as Senator Fernando “Pino” Solanas rejected the PRO, Aguad said that the electoral objective should overcome all internal resistance.

However, Victoria Donda, member of the Libres del Sur component of the UNEN Broad Front representing Buenos Aires in the Lower House, took a different stance, telling Radio América yesterday that “Macri is not invited to the launch” of the front “because he doesn’t share our political programme.”

Donda added that plurality was a necessary condition of a front, but defended the strategy, saying that “we need to be accepting, but it wouldn’t be right if we came together just like that, in any old way.” Members of the Socialist Party have also rejected a deal in the past with the PRO, but Hermes Binner did say this week that although Macri’s is ideologically distant, “when the time comes, we will see. Nothing is off the table.”

The launch of the UNEN Broad Front formally brings together representatives from the Radical Party, Socialist Party, Civic Coalition, Proyecto Sur, GEN, Libres del Sur, Frente Cívico (Córdoba), the Authentic Socialist Part and Suma+, and will include the presentation of a joint political agenda.

Herald with DyN, Télam

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