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Fernanda Vallejos criticized the agreement with the IMF very harshly and chose her three candidates for 2023

Six months after calling him “mequetrefe” and “squat” in a WhatsApp audio that went viral, in dialogue with Clarion, Fernanda Vallejos dodges as much as she can any direct mention of Alberto Fernández, highlights the figures of Cristina and Máximo Kirchner, questions the agreement between the Government and the IMF, and asks that the candidate of the Front of All in 2023 be decided by a PASO . She has some favourites.

Member of the hard kirchnerism and currently militating internally from Soberanxs, the party of former vice president Amado Boudou, Vallejos says that “one cannot regret ideas, can’t be in politics to mask the truth. More in these times where politics is confused with marketing, with the show on television sets, where everything is cut into 140 Twitter characters.” It is the only mention, indirect, that he grants when asked if he continues to think the same of the president.

With just turned 43, he harshly criticizes the agreement that the Government is heading to sign with the IMF: “For most of my life, Argentina was marked by crises. Beyond the fact that we Argentines have had bad governments, none was bad by itself, they were all mean to the Monetary Fund dictating to the back of their necks what policies they had to implement. This is what happened again in 2018 during the Macri government.”

And he states that “if this bill becomes law in both chambers, it will have been decided by the legislative representatives of the provinces, but I will continue to think that it is an agreement that generates many risks for Argentina“.

Vallejos is concerned that “we are coming from two months of inflation, of 3.8% and 3.9%, and the current scenario of the armed conflict and the growth of inflation at the international level had not yet been considered.” And he underlines negatively that “we have 45 months of consecutive year-on-year decline in wages“.

Fernanda Vallejos, economist and former national deputy. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi.

The economist, who last week prepared a harsh document criticizing the Executive for the understanding with the Fund, sees a series of problems in the formation of the Front of All. “Today the difficulty in the functioning of the Front of All has perhaps to do with the lack of rules of the game. Differences cannot be resolved with the same mechanisms that were resolved in the governments where there was a clear leadership, as with Néstor or Cristina Kirchner because this is a coalition government.

It is harsh when referring to the party’s latest electoral experiences, according to its position, conditioned by the International Monetary Fund. “The problem is that The Fund puts you in conflict with the electoral contract that we signed in 2019 with citizenship. It already happened in 2021, the IMF’s gaze was behind the Budget. We owe part of the electoral defeat that year to the IMF’s intrusion into the execution of economic policy.” For Vallejos, in 2021 “an important part of the electorate expressed its dissatisfaction with the direction of politics by not go to vote”.

The problem of votes and the pen

Regarding the relationship of forces between Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner, he assures that “It operates as a difficulty that the one that has the votes or the one that exercises leadership over a majority of the voters of the Front of All does not have the pen, does not have the power of decision. Obviously the pen is held by the President, it is indisputable and that is how it has to be.”

According to Vallejos, Fernández “manages the entire government and he reserved for himself all the determining areas: the economic portfolio, the production portfolio, foreign policy… The view of where politics is going in the Frente de Todos is very reclined in a single sector”.

A) Yes, differs from the gaze of other actors and analysts that emphasize that the hard Kirchnerism and La Cámpora, reserved for themselves millionaire and key boxes such as the ANSeS and the PAMI.

Fernanda Vallejos, economist and former national deputy.  Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi.

Fernanda Vallejos, economist and former national deputy. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi.

The former national deputy “regrets” never having met face to face with the minister Martin Guzman in the last two years. He defines him as “a financial diplomat”, since “with that language he speaks, and with those ways he moves in the field of politics”. However, he maintains that “his management of him was very conditioned, he has had a very strong bias regarding the settlement of the debt, which continues to be a very pressing problem.”

Vallejos considers it “coherent” with his thinking that Maximo Kirchner has resigned from the block leadership of the Chamber of Deputies and voted against the agreement with the IMF. He says that “it is a gesture that exalts him as a political leader because we are used to convictions and ideas being secondary in politics”.

Fernanda Vallejos, economist and former national deputy.  Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi.

Fernanda Vallejos, economist and former national deputy. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi.

He differentiates Máximo from Cristina Kirchner by defining him as “a leader who already has his own weight.” And he does not hesitate to run for him or Axel Kicillof for 2023. “I would vote for either of them very calmly,” he saysalthough a candidacy of Cristina to the presidency “would love me, of course”, although he warns that “we would have to ask her”.

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