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UCR leader’s remarks spark UNEN infighting

Broad Front-UNEN leaders Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas, Victoria Donda, Hermes Binner, Ernesto Sanz and Humberto Tumini are seen at the Broadway Theatre in April.

Local party boss Yacobitti praises PRO officials, gets angry answer from colleagues

The head of Buenos Aires City’s Radical party (UCR) Emiliano Yacobitti yesterday praised the PRO administration and provoked further infighting in the non-Peronist alliance Broad Front-UNEN.

“There are some valuable people in the PRO party,” Yacobitti said yesterday — although he made it clear there were “no conversations” with the centre-right coalition led by Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri.

His statements provoked a response from Project South lawmaker Javier Gentilini, who is also a member of Broad Front-UNEN.

An accord with PRO “would go against the nature of UNEN,” Gentilini said.

“We’re completely opposed to such a possibility.”

UCR’s national committee representative Juan Manuel Casella also voiced his opposition to a potential accord.

“A nationwide deal with the PRO party would openly distort” the spirit of Broad-Front-UNEN, Casella said in a letter to UCR chairman Ernesto Sanz. “The sole mention of such a possibility would cause mistrust among our allies,” the UCR leader said — and asked Sanz to confirm “the basic guidelines” of the UNEN alliance that was presented last April.

Yacobitti had said that “no-one can deny there are valuable people inside the PRO party” and told private news agency DyN that he would “love” to see some of its figures joining UNEN for the 2015 general elections — like PRO Senator Gabriela Michetti.

Gentilini said those remarks were “disrespectful” to centre-left UNEN lawmakers who oppose the Macri administration.

Michetti “is Macri’s second-in-command and a mayor hopeful who may very well win the PRO primaries” next year, he concluded.

Herald staff with DyN

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