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The debate for the re-election of the Buenos Aires mayors, live: the minute by minute of a vote-by-vote negotiation

The Chamber of Deputies of the province of Buenos Aires approved tonight by aThe majority of the project that enables 90 Buenos Aires mayors to stand for reelection in 2023. The initiative received full sanction -after it was voted by the Senate- in a one-day express process in the Legislature.

The vote, as he was able to verify THE NATION in the Legislature, ended with 68 votes for the affirmative and 24 rejections. Hours before, the provincial Senate had approved the same project, so the initiative became law.

Session in the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Buenos Aires to discuss the re-election of the Buenos Aires mayorsMatías Adhemar

More than 80 deputies from Buenos Aires got the quorum tonight to start the session of the body in which they will seek to give full sanction to the modification to the law 14,836 to enable the re-election of about 90 mayors in 2023, which was already approved in the afternoon by the provincial Senate.

As he was able to verify THE NATION In the Buenos Aires Legislature, 83 deputies gave a quorum and greatly exceeded the two-thirds of the body required to deal with the initiative “on the tables”. The first step of the session was the swearing in Martiniano Molina (JxC) after presenting a negative Covid antigen test.

Martiniano Molina is sworn in at the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Buenos Aires
Martiniano Molina is sworn in at the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Buenos AiresMatías Adhemar

With 36 votes in favor, 8 against and one abstention, the Buenos Aires Senate approved this afternoon by a large majority the amendment to law 14,836 that enables some 90 mayors of the province to stand for reelection in 2023.

The initiative was approved with the support of the majority of the blocks of the Frente de Todos and Juntos por el Cambio, while it was rejected by four massista legislators, two vidalistas and two from Elisa Carrió’s Civic Coalition.

While the debate in the Buenos Aires Senate, takes the initiative so that the first term of mayors covered by the law 14,836 be computed since 2019 and not since 2015, as established by the original regulations.

The “poroteo” among legislators anticipates that the amendment to the law to enable the re-election of mayors in 2023 will end with a broad victory for the “reformists”, with 35 votes in favor against 10 against.

The only absence in the session is Magdalena Goris, wife of the mayor of Esteban Echeverría, Fernando Gray. “It is a political message and is active in the district,” said sources around him.

Buenos Aires senator Sofía Vanelli (Frente Renovador-FdT) ratified this afternoon the position of the space, which will vote against the initiative that enables the re-election of mayors, noting that its promoters “are not explaining why in article 4 they propose the continuity of two terms, 2019 and 2021 ″, with which – he denounced – they are “running the bow.”

Earlier, the leader of the Frente Renovador himself, Sergio Massa, assured: “We believe in political alternation as a mechanism to control transparency.” In the Buenos Aires Senate session, the representatives of the Elisa Carrió Civic Coalition also anticipated that they will vote against the changes.

The Buenos Aires senator Juan Pablo Allan (Pro-Juntos por el Cambio) justified this afternoon its project to modify the law that blocks the re-election of mayors, by ensuring in the campus that “Indefinite re-election is still in force” and affirm that “two terms are no longer eight years but six.”

“Whoever has assumed his second term is left included in the re-election ban”, Allan remarked in the Buenos Aires Senate session that takes place this afternoon in La Plata.

The Buenos Aires deputy Maricel Etchecoin (Civic Coalition), Elisa Carrió’s reference in the province of Buenos Aires, insisted via Twitter in his opposition to the project that supports the re-election of the mayors.

The Buenos Aires Senate session delayed its start because the governor Axel Kicillof he wanted to include the statement of his former secretary general Federico Thea as a candidate to preside over the Court of Accounts from the province of Buenos Aires, despite the fact that it is a position usually assigned to the opposition.

Just at 6:05 p.m. the session began with 45 senators present: 41 of them in person and four remotely. The first point to be discussed was the appointment of authorities. Joaquín De la Torre, Andrés De Leo, Alfredo Fisher and Andrés Celillo were elected vice presidents of the Chamber.

Beginning of the session in the Senate of the province of Buenos Aires
Beginning of the session in the Senate of the province of Buenos Aires

The agenda of the Senate session in which the future of the mayors who aspire to new reelections is discussed includes four other topics: the election of the new authorities of the Chamber, the treatment of the specifications. Alberto Sileoni to occupy the general direction of Culture and Education of the Province, the debate of a change to the Ministries Law to expand the cabinet Axel Kicillof and, finally, the appointment of new members of the board of the Banco Provincia. Re-election is the second item on the agenda, after the election of authorities.

The Buenos Aires Senate has everything ready to start the session in which it will be discussed the project to unblock the reelection bar of 90 mayors from the province of Buenos Aires, after a meeting of parliamentary work that also agreed to incorporate into the legislative meeting an amendment to the Law of Ministries that the governor demands Axel Kicillof.

As he could know THE NATION In the Buenos Aires Legislature, the start of the Senate session means that the benches of deputies who oppose unblocking the re-election of mayors –among them vidalistas and massistas- they do not reach the number of 31 legislators necessary to bring down the two-thirds required to treat the initiative on a draw.

It was only when the “poroteo” of the deputies was consolidated, then the senators decided to move forward with the session. The Buenos Aires Legislature has the practice of working simultaneously in its two wings (the Senate and Deputies), for which it is not ruled out that the Lower House in turn initiates the treatment of the 2022 Budget and the Tax Fiscal Law sent by the Kicillof administration.

Legislative spokesmen anticipated that the agreement between the majority blocks of the Buenos Aires Senate establishes that the first term of the mayors will be considered from 2019 and not from 2015, as established by the original law, with which the communal chiefs would be entitled to stand for reelection in 2023.

In the entrance hall of the Senate a press room was improvised
In the entrance hall of the Senate a press room was improvisedSantiago Hafford – LA NACION

The law 14,836, which limits the consecutive terms to which the mayors of the province of Buenos Aires can aspire to two, today affects 90 communal chiefs of different political colors, which if the reform is approved today, could be presented again for a new term of government in 2023.

Together for Change is the force that has the most mayors in this situation, with 48, mainly concentrated in municipalities in the interior of the province of Buenos Aires. But there are also those affected in the ranks of the Frente de Todos and the neighborhood movement.

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