May 16, 2022 3:10 pm

Alberto Fernández delays the call for extraordinary sessions of Congress

With uncertainty as a common denominator in Congress, the government of Alberto Fernández postponed until Tuesday the call by decree for Extraordinary Sessions of Parliament, with an agenda yet to be defined and effective as of the first day of February.

Successive delays in the publication of the list of topics, which during the week were in charge of the President himself, delayed the call to Congress. From Together for Change they speculate that, beyond the chosen topics, what will begin on the 1st of next month would be the debate in commission, for which two sessions in February would be the maximum hypothesis to be achieved by the ruling party. “They have no pending opinions, there will be no session before February 20”, speculated from the macrista block in the Senate, which he heads Humberto Schiavoni. A similar situation is experienced in the Chamber of Deputies, where the president Sergio Massa He announced last week to different official and opposition leaders that there would be no activity during January.

The reform of the Judicial Council, which proposes a new composition that would replace the current one, declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, is at the head of the projects that the Executive Power would send through a presidential decree. The President was “ordering and defining” that agenda, as he himself described it via Twitter, on Friday with the Legal and Technical Secretary, Vilma Ibarra.

On the 17th of last month, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the law approved in 2006, during the government of Néstor Kirchner, which reduced the members of the body in charge of selecting judges, applying sanctions or removing magistrates from 20 to 13.

The Government now intends to raise the members of the Council from 13 to 17, which would increase the representation of judges from three to four, that of lawyers from 2 to 4 and that of academics and scientists from one to two. The problem is that it will require, especially in the Deputies, the support of a part of the opposition to obtain the 129 votes that it needs to approve this law. The project of the Executive Branch will coexist with proposals from the opposition, such as the one presented ten days ago by the radical deputy Mario Negri, for whom the Council should once again have 20 members.

Other topics that could be included in the agenda are a project of agro-industrial promotion, promoted by the minister of the area, Julian Dominguez; a law called sustainable mobility; and another that promotes cannabis medicinal, already approved by the Senate but lost parliamentary status as it was not discussed in the lower house.

Finally, the speculation in the ruling party and also in the opposition is the eventual inclusion in the agenda of a letter of intent to renegotiate the debt with the IMF, today the central issue of internal discussion in the Government and vital for the country’s economic direction.

Opposition parliamentary sources speculated on the inclusion of this issue, given that a possible agreement with the international credit organization must pass for approval in Congress, as far as possible before the bulky maturities of next March, which if not addressed will plunge Argentina into a new default.

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