August 30, 2014
‘Wado’ de pedro named as a vice-presidentSaturday, May 10, 2014
La Cámpora shows its power with key leadership positions in party
The election of Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro as fourth vice-president of the Peronist party (PJ) yesterday signals the continued rise and consolidation of La Cámpora — the ultra-Kirchnerite youth group — as a political force to be reckoned with “after December 2015,” as he said himself.
The vice-presidencies within the PJ are key positions and De Pedro joins a select group that includes powerful figures as Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich, the head of the pro-governmetn CGT umbrella union Antonio Caló and Senator Beatriz Rojkés de Alperovich.
La Cámpora is the youth wing of the Victory Front (FpV), itself one of the sectors within the larger PJ.
De Pedro specified that for the time being the “primary objective is to generate debate within the party, prepare party officials and support President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner” and that for now the candidacies ahead of 2015 “are still in the process of maturing.”
Regarding the speculation over the Victory Front’s nominee for the 2015 presidential elections, De Pedro would not be drawn, saying that “we will support however the Victory Front decide to resolves the candidacies,” but that “it is still too early to define names. In Argentina a month, two months, a year, is a long time.”
Talking to Del Plata radio, De Pedro added: “some people want to spark conflicts, fights and frictions and we are going to prioritize whatever the Victory Front decides.”
In a similar fashion, De Pedro avoided answering the question about whether Máximo Kirchner, son of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, would run for office, saying that “I usually do not answer such specific questions.”
Building for 2015
Nonetheless he emphasized the activist and new wave aspect of La Cámpora, recalling that “we are the ones who went to the Plaza (de Mayo) to demand to kick them all out (in 2001) and some people should ask themselves what the intention is behind the demonization of youth participating in politics... society then asked for new people, new leaders, with another perspective and with a background in social affairs.” He also noted that “that the youth requires permanent training and within the party we will focus on emphasizing this and of course in the activism in every neighbourhood in the country.”
José Ottavis, another La Cámpora leader and vice-president of the Lower House for the (Fpv), was made Secretary-General of the PJ, and Lower House lawmaker Juan Cabandié (FpV) is now Human Rights secretary for the party. The rise of these figures within the PJ is further indication of the consolidation and the long-term projection of the group.