Governors distance themselves from the repositioning of Cristina Kirchner

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CORDOBA.- The Peronist governors , who started last week with strong support for Minister Silvina Batakis – with whom they had been dealing due to the functions she performed in the Ministry of the Interior – began to move more cautiously with respect to Vice President Cristina Kirchner .  around the Chaqueño Jorge Capitanich, along with Axel Kicillof those of direct arrival to her, suggest that the president will concentrate on her province.

After several contacts  with different sources of the Peronist provincial administrations, the impression is that at the moment of greatest weakness of President Alberto Fernández, Cristina Kirchner did not manage to add pieces to his armed power either . Those who believe that there may be a “truce” in the internal, admit that it may not be long. They have a hidden concern for the country’s governability .

The governors, who tried to bring the presidential couple closer together since mid-April, were not summoned last weekend, after the resignation of Martín Guzmán. They are far from the center of decisions and the discourse of those who spoke publicly revolved around the concept of “unity”.

It was the one they agreed on during the NOA meeting in Formosa , beyond the fact that there were reports that at the previous dinner, those from the northwest were very critical of the President.

Ricardo Quintela, from La Rioja, in his latest statements promotes “the monolithic unity of the Frente de Todos” and asks that the governors sit down with “the vice and the President, with Sergio Masa and other actors with whom a dialogue table can be consolidated” . Capitanich only spoke after the meeting in Formosa and referred to “unity in diversity”, very similar to Gildo Insfrán’s approach.

The hard core of the Kirchnerist leaders is in the north of the country; Sergio Uñac from San Juan ; Omar Perotti (Santa Fe) and Gustavo Bordet (Entre Ríos) have always been more equidistant from both Fernández and the Vice President. They are all equal in concern about the advance of inflation -they are convinced that there is no reinforcement of the State that balances the income of the poorest-; distribution of subsidies for public services (especially public transport) and investment in works that can boost activity.

Yes, as Batakis has been saying, it will follow what was agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), of the four points through which the adjustment must pass, three are transversal to the entire country: works, subsidies and discretionary transfers (outside the co-participation ) to the provinces. The fourth is spending on social security.
Beyond the fact that Kicillof is more active in the league of governors of the Front of All, the claim of his colleagues for “more real federalism” also includes the differences in his favor that exist in the distribution of resources; the complaints are not only against Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. They also know that, in an electoral context, Cristina Kirchner will press for the district where she concentrates the largest number of votes to be privileged .


Beyond the fact that Kicillof is more active in the league of governors of the Front of All, the claim of his colleagues for “more real federalism” also includes the differences in his favor that exist in the distribution of resources; the complaints are not only against Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. They also know that, in an electoral context, Cristina Kirchner will press for the district where she concentrates the largest number of votes to be privileged .

The strategy that the majority would implement was the one they rehearsed before the legislative elections last year, that of withdrawing into their territories and trying to preserve their electoral flow, although they have been repeating for several months that the “wire fence” is increasingly difficult. of the provinces.

Those who have not yet done so will accelerate the definition of the 2023 electoral calendar. Tucumán, Salta and Río Negro have already announced it. Misiones, San Juan, Entre Ríos, Chubut, Neuquén and La Rioja are on the same road. La Pampa could also do it, while by constitutional mandate they cannot unify Santa Fe, Chaco and Tierra del Fuego.

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