Justice, again a pledge of political (des) agreements

The fate of the hundred sheets of candidates for judges waiting for approval in the Senate is the new pledge of (de) agreements between the Government and the opposition. It is also the test bench that both have to measure forces in and out. The imminent treatment of those hundred sheets of federal and national judges competed by the Council of the Magistracy and sent to the Congress by the Executive was the subject of two meetings at the apex of power. On Monday, Miguel Pichetto met at the Government House alone with Marcos Peña. The CEO of the federal Peronism claimed that these specifications are not treated in the extraordinary sessions that the Government plans to convene for February. I would have liked to talk to Rogelio Frigerio before, but he was out of the country – he returned from Peru on Friday – but the urgency rushed him into the office of the chief of staff. “It is not urgent, it is not necessary to put it in extraordinary,” he claimed. Yes, he agreed on the need to address the Senate’s office on party financing. And the Barras Bravas law? Deputies treat it and we have no problems, he said. Pichetto did not give many arguments not to bring the subject judges to the February sessions, but the Government believed to find the true explanation, when the Cabinet – the first with the presence of Mauricio Macri in almost a month – crumbled that claim last Thursday. . The conclusion they believe they have reached is that Peronism wants to have time, to make these designations weigh in the internal wrangling, prior to the elections. The vote of the party is key for the designations to come out, and there is an immense margin of negotiation with the provincial governors, for candidates to national magistrates. How they will not want to give their opinion, and how the senators will miss the opportunity to value their vote, which will weigh not only to name the judge in question, but to carry out electoral alliances.

A test for the Government, and for Peronism

The Government understands this, but is closer to reducing Peronism’s time to play with that scarce resource, and that each day that passes can have more value, such as lithium. In the last two years, the Council of the Magistracy covered hundreds of seats of judges, in a very fine concert with Peronism, which negotiated positions with more or less firmness. But the last judicial episode with the ruling party, showed all the Peronist tribes together, to displace Mario Negri from the Council and impose Graciela Camaño, in one of the two seats of that party in the Council. That portrait was fixed on the ruling party as a threat that does not want to be repeated, at least if it can prevent it. Not only because of the fate of the judges, but because the rapprochement between the sectors of Peronism will measure from now on how much they are willing to unite against Cambiemos, and how much they are willing to fight each other. For the Government’s strategy, it is key to know if Peronism, in order to beat them at all costs, overcomes the differences between the Federals and the Patria Institute, and uses some weapon of mass destruction. For example, if you are willing to dynamite the government’s fiscal program, taking a special bill to the precinct, in a hypothetical special session, to draft a law to repeal the DNU that eliminated the Social Fund. It is a legislative technicality, because that DNU was endorsed by the Bicameral Commission, but it did so after 10 days of its signature. After that time, the DNU could go to the precinct, to be judged with a simple majority of the votes. Nobody believes today that it happens, because Peronism would be put in an almost destituyente position. But it is not foolish to put a lookout on this or other weapons of mass destruction. That is why Thursday’s Cabinet left firm the inclusion of the specifications in the extraordinary February, as a piece to negotiate.

Another test for Rosenkrantz in the Court

These lobbying occurs in the sleepy corridors of the palace, which may awaken in these hours. The judge of the Supreme Court of Justice, who was on duty until Friday, Horacio Rosatti, opened the case with the protection of the radicals, against the consultation of La Rioja, which seeks to empower a new mandate to the Peronist governor Sergio Casas. He also sent the complaint to the prosecutor Laura Monti, who is in charge of electoral issues in the Procurator General of the Nation. This mechanism activated a cross of mails among the magistrates who are on vacation, to advance some criterion about the opportunity or not to get involved in a provincial electoral issue. They did not do it in December on the subject of the law

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