K leaders put one eye on post-2015 scenario
Boudou reappears in La Matanza as Capitanich insists Victory Front has now ruled for over 10 years.
A number of high-profile Kirchnerite leaders met yesterday in La Matanza to discuss how to consolidate their strength in face of the next year’s elections, in a conclave that marked the public reappearance of Vice-President Amado Boudou.
Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli, Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini and Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich were among the figures from the ruling Victory Front (FpV) to address yesterday conference of the government-backed Unidos y Organizados (“United and Organized”) grouping, where Kirchnerite activists celebrated 11 years since former late president Néstor Kirchner received 22 percent of votes in the general elections that allowed him to become president after Peronist candidate Carlos Menem dropped out from the runoff election.
During his speech, held in the Central Market located in Greater Buenos Aires, Scioli emphasized that Argentina was perfectly placed to grow as a nation and continue to face the challenges ahead.
“There are unbeatable conditions for the new challenges in Argentina,” the provincial leader said.
Capitanich, on his part, took aim at critics of the Kirchnerite administration.
“It is no coincidence that those who tried to bring governments to their knees so (presidents) would not be able to finish their terms” are against Kirchnerism, the official expressed.
“We are not looking toward the last 20 months of the end of an era, but rather the last 20 months of a government that has ruled for 11 years.”
Social leaders Luis D’Elía and Milagro Sala also took part in yesterday’s conference, titled “Militancy debates and the building of a future.”
Sala, head of the Túpac Amaru social organization, was also invited to speak at the event, where she urged Kirchnerite activists “not take a single step back.”
“The president needs you united and organized,” the Jujuy leader told activists, making a play on words on the government-sponsored front first presented by Fernández de Kirchner in 2012.
Boudou, who returned to the spotlight after several weeks of silence, defended the government’s stance on anti-crime policies.
“Social inclusion is our medium- and long-term approach (to crime),” the vice-president said.
But meanwhile, the official expressed, “measures are still needed every day, and these are being implemented despite difficulties.”
Five large tents were set up in the Central Market premises and between 10,000 and 20,000 activists attended the event, depending on the source of information.
La Cámpora youth organization leader Andrés “El Cuervo” Larroque said people who attended “were eager to debate the limits of the political system” after a decade of Kirchnerite rule.
“Luckily our people want to deepen the social and economic model,” Larroque told state-run news agency Télam.
Also present were Kirchnerite Senator Aníbal Fernández, AFSCA media watchdog head Martín Sabbatella and national lawmakers Edgardo Depetri and Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro.
Possible presidential candidates for the FpV Florencio Randazzo and Sergio Urribarri did not attend the meeting, according to media sources.
Randazzo, the Interior and Transport Minister, has already announced his presidential aspirations earlier last week, while Urribarri was out on a trip, the same sources revealed.
Herald staff with Télam