Carrió saysSunday, August 17, 2014
‘Pope asked me to name Vera’
The idyllic relationship was short-lived. A week after Broad Front — UNEN legislator Gustavo Vera announced he would leave the caucus, Elisa Carrió broke her silence and said that Pope Francis, a long-term friend of Vera, should “take charge.”
“I knew that Francis wanted him to become a lawmaker. I had an agreement, you may know with whom,” Carrió yesterday said in an interview with Infobae.
“I vindicate Vera’s struggle against human trafficking but I have many differences with him, such as being close to (dissident CGT umbrella union leader Hugo) Moyano. But including him on the ballot list was something I had to. I met my obligations with the pope. Now he has to take charge of Vera,” added the lawmaker who is currently promoting an alliance between the front created last year and BA City Mayor Mauricio Macri’s PRO.
Vera headed the UNEN ballot list for the City Legislature last year but last week announced that he would create a new bloc due to the differences he had with the other members of the caucus. Vera was not reportedly on good terms with Carrió and Project South leader, Senator Fernando “Pino” Solanas.
Carrió yesterday confirmed what Vera dismissed in conversation with the Herald last year: Pope Francis had been behind his candidacy. The lawmaker met Jorge Bergoglio when Vera was the leader of the organization La Alameda, which fights against human trafficking and slave labour. Bergoglio supported their struggle.
“We have been working for years, that’s why we have become part of the UNEN front, which is an anti-corruption coalition,” Vera told the Herald in August last year. “My candidacy is as a member of La Alameda, not due to my personal friendship with Pope Francis,” he highlighted then.
“La Alameda considers that our struggle cannot be reduced to the social sphere. In fact, we believe that our struggle must be taken to the political field, that is why we want a seat at the City Legislature and we think Pino and Lilita are honest politicians,” he also said. But times have changed.
Vera travelled to the Vatican City to visit Francis on several occasions. In fact, Vera’s newly-created party will be named Bien Común (Common Good).
This year, Vera visited Francis in the Holy See along with Federal Judge Ariel Lijo, who then indicted Vice-President Amado Boudou on corruption charges. Vera said that Lijo joined them because he had spearheaded a committee investigation into slave labour.