December 18, 2014
'Oposition looks for excuses not to debate'
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich today briefed senators in the Upper House, criticising the opposition blocs that walked out of the audience in protest to the presence of vice-president Amado Boudou, who presided over the session.
"What the opposition is doing is using an excuse in order to avoid a debate from a clearly authoritarian stance, either because they do not have the arguments for a civic debate or because they do not want to debate and they do not believe in the role of democratic institutions," the official fired during his report.
Capitanich pointed out that "nobody tells [Mauricio] Macri that due to his legal situation he cannot be Mayor of Buenos Aires."
The briefing, which was postponed twice, began today minutes after 2 pm but before Capitanich could begin, UCR and UNEN-Broad Front blocs asked for a priviledged motion and spoke against Vicepresident Amado Boudou presiding the session, given his indictment in the Ciccone corruption case.
“The Victory Front leader will not allow any request other than what will be discussed in the session,” head of the Senate Victory Front party caucus Miguel Pichetto said, rejecting the claims against Boudou.
UCR’s lawmaker Gerardo Morales took the floor first to demand the VP to take a step back from the Senate. “Far from doing something, even responding to our demands, you are indicted and you are out partying with Mancha de Rolando,” Morales said to Boudou in reference to the music band whose leader is close to the VP.
“We are upset and embarrased by this situation. Before being Amado Boudou he is the Vicepresident of the Republic and this situation is unbearable,” he added.
After it was made clear that Boudou would not be stepping down from the session, members of the opposition left their seats and abandoned the session.The Cabinet Chief also used the briefing to condemn alleged maneuvres by the "hegemonic media" that according to him "extort judges and prosecutors who are not clean in order to attack the national government."
Briefing against US judiciary
Later, referring to the ongoing case in New York against holdout investors, the former Chaco governor affirmed that "the United States judicial system has fallen into malpractice. Both [New York judge] Griesa and the country's Supreme Court," he alleged.
"Griesa does not understand the process and, on top of everything, designated a mediator [Daniel Pollack] that defends vulture funds."
Capitanich revealed that Argentina would seek a meeting in the United Nations General Assembly, in order to "create a regulatory framework that brings order to debt restructuring processes in the international system, which have fallen into anarchy."
"It is necessary to protect the bondholders that entered debt swaps," he asserted, referring to the restructuring efforts of 2005 and 2010, and said that a presentation before the
"The most convenient solution for the judge is to put the stay in place, because Argentina has shown its commitment to create conditions for negotiation," the head of ministers added.