Henoch aguiar talks to the heraldThursday, April 24, 2014
‘Risks of division have always been present’
What are your feeling toward the launch of the UNEN-Broad Front?
Well, I’m of Radical origin, so I’m obviously thrilled about this alliance. What I most like about it is that it heralds a new phase of doing politics in Argentina. Many people were surprised at the sight of many different leaders together, leaders who have been at odds in the past — but I believe this phenomenon foreshadows the way the country is going to be ruled over the next few years. None of the candidates running in next year’s elections will muster more than 33, 35 percent of the votes, which means the winner will ultimately need to negotiate policies not only with other UNEN leaders, but also with politicians who are even less similar to his or her political views.
Do you prefer one candidate over the others?
I’m interested in what will happen with Radical candidates, especially for the presidential ticket. But I believe other candidates may be interesting as well — such as (former Economy Minister Martín) Lousteau in Buenos Aires.
And among UCR members — who would you vote for if you were to choose between Julio Cobos, Ricardo Alfonsín and Ernesto Sanz?
Right now I’m keen on Sanz. I’m aware of his capacity in several areas and I feel closer to him. But in Radicalism, such as in Peronism, smaller leaders than the already established figures may end up being the most interesting candidates.
What do you think about a potential alliance with the PRO party?
The front should — and must — reach a governance deal with PRO after the PASO primaries. But in the meantime the best is for each party to continue defining its identity.
So you believe this kind of deal must be reached before a potential runoff.
Of course. Deals will be needed anyway in a runoff scenario and in order to rule the country after 2015.
Reading UNEN-Broad Front’s political platform, it seems to be a tension between “freedom and equality” or the need for a “strong” yet “efficient” State — meaning there are not quite clear views on the economy. Do you agree?
They are two sides of the same coin, because there is no wealth distribution without wealth creation, and no wealth creation without equality — society would collapse otherwise. What is clear is that we cannot develop an “extractive” take on state resources without incentivizing innovation.
Do you think there’s a risk of this new front ending up like the ill-fated Social and Civic Accord (ACyS)?
Risks of division have always been present, but that would not be a very smart move on their part. Everyone agreed to form a broader front this time. Note the presence of (Libres del Sur representative Humberto) Tumini and (Project South lawmaker Fernando “Pino”) Solanas.