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FpV files complaint against Bossio, Massot

Victory Front (FpV) lawmakers filed a criminal complaint against their counterparts Nicolás Massot (Let’s Change) and Diego Bossio (Justicialist) over suspected bribery as part of the ongoing negotiations in Congress over the government’s bill to confirm the settlement with holdout creditors.

Lawmakers Carlos Kunkel, Juan Manuel Pedrini and Rodolfo Tailhade took action after pictures of conversation between Massot and Bossio on an instant messaging application were published on Thursday. Both Bossio and Massot have acknowledged that the pictures were genuine and that there was nothing untoward about their conversation.

As chair of the PRO caucus in the Lower House, Massot has been at the centre of negotiations with other caucuses in order to whip up support for the bill necessary for the government’s agreement with holdout creditors to be implemented. That bill was amended under pressure from Renewal Front and Justicialist caucuses this week, and the complaint cites a conversation in which the lawmakers speak about “settling” and a make a reference to “STM” — with whom an agreement had already been made. Kirchnerite lawmakers have previously expressed concern that STM could be a reference to Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa.

Both Massa and Bossio have criticisms of the bill but have promised to vote for it on Tuesday. The FpV in the Lower House is very critical of the agreement.

Massot chalked up the use of the term “sandwiches” — which the FpV took for a term hinting at illegality — as a reference to an actual meal between lawmakers. “The thief thinks that everyone is also a thief,” Massot fired back at his accusers.

The FpV onslaught against Bossio — a former head of the ANSES social security agency under former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration — continued yesterday with statements by her son, Máximo Kirchner. The leader of La Cámpora youth organization compared Bossio to Julio Cobos, former vice-president considered a “traitor” by the FpV after he voted against the government during the 2008 agricultural crisis.

“Cristina was clear when she said that the was not retiring from politics because she is an activist, ” he said speaking on his mother.

— Herald staff with DyN, Télam

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