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Luis Juez charged against Máximo Kirchner, but clarified: ‘I am ashamed to accompany Alberto Fernández’s project’

The senator of Together for Change, Luis Juez, targeted Máximo Kirchner after the deputy gave his negative vote to the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) promoted by the Government of Alberto Fernández and that was approved at dawn this Friday by the lower house by a large majority.

“You cannot be an official and an opponent at the same time”said the legislator regarding the decision of the former president of the ruling bloc who, together with 40 others from the Front of All, did not give the go-ahead in the marathon session that finally gave the half sanction to the law, which will begin on Monday be debated in the Senate.

In this sense, the Cordovan leader accused Cristina Kirchner’s son of thinking about his candidacy for 2023 and of not prioritizing the context of the current crisis that the country is going through.

Máximo Kirchner sat on his bench only to vote. Photo Juan Manuel Foglia

“I think you can’t be thinking about 2023, you can’t be speculating and saving arguments for the 2023 campaign. You can’t be wanting to look good with your ideological conscience and not give a damn about what happens to the country,” said the opponent.

And he added: “This is done to say ‘you saw, you saw, I was right,'” he said.

Furthermore, he noted that he will support the deal to prevent Argentina from falling into a default, but he assured that he will not do it with pride.

“I’m ashamed to accompany Alberto Fernandez’s project. I never thought that my first vote in the Senate would be to support a bill from the President. But I do it for Argentina”, he sentenced, making a difference with Kirchner’s decision.

Alberto Fernández's retweet with a message to Máximo Kirchner by the IMF: "Nestor last night would have voted yes"

Alberto Fernández’s retweet with a message to Máximo Kirchner by the IMF: “Néstor would have voted yes last night”

In this regard, he added: “We cannot wait for the country to explode for Alberto Fernández to do badly,” he said, alleging that he is the “weakest president.” “I have nothing to do with Alberto sitting in Rivadavia’s chair, but I am clear that this guy has a manifest weakness and if we do something to finish pushing this country, we know where it ends up,” added Judge, who pointed out that “those who throw stones are what are ruling”.

In this context, the Judge assured that when dealing with the agreement with the Fund, the Together for Change bloc is going to be “much more democratic” than “the boys from La Cámpora and Cristina herself, even when we have nothing to do with Alberto Fernández”. “We are clear that we have one of the institutionally weakest presidents that the Argentine Republic has had,” he assured.

Beyond the Judge’s statements, Máximo Kirchner’s vote against the project caused the President to make a suggestive retweet on his official Twitter account against the rejection of the agreement.

“I have no doubts about something: if Néstor Kirchner were alive and a deputy, he would have voted yes last night,” journalist Bruno Bimbi posted on Twitter. Message that was shared by Fernández.

It was one of the few repercussions regarding the session that he shared through his social networks: earlier, he had also retweeted the speech of deputy Leandro Santoro, who -in opposition to the decision made by Máximo- voted in favor and He defended the agreement made.

The pre-vote

Although the quorum was not at risk due to the agreement with the opposition, at the beginning of the session deputies from La Cámpora such as Paula Penacca, Gabriela Estévez, Santiago Igón and Cristina Brítez went down to the premises. Máximo Kirchner left his bench empty.

In the block meeting before the start, neither Cristina Kirchner’s son, nor nearby legislators, gave any indication about the decision at the time of voting. “Nobody asked them either,” said a pro-government deputy. At that moment Sergio Massa and Carlos Heller spoke mainly, a while later an informant member at the start of the debate.

Máximo’s absence from Alberto Fernández’s speech to open the ordinary sessions had exposed the deterioration of the relationship with the President, after the deputy resigned from the presidency of the ruling party in rejection of the agreement reached by Martín Guzmán with the Monetary Fund.

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