It was by 36 votes in favor and 33 against. The Front of All had the help of allies. Now the Chamber of Deputies must deal with it, where it will be difficult for Kirchnerism to sanction the law.
without the presence of Cristina Kirchnerwho will present his plea tomorrow in the trial that follows him for corruption in public works, the ruling party materialized this Thursday one of the desires of the vice president by approving and giving half sanction to the extension of the Supreme Court of Justice to 15 members instead of 25 as originally proposed.
The former President preferred to follow the session online, since she was only in her office in the Senate for a few hours and I hope that the quorum will meet, adjusted to 37 senators, to leave Congress and work on the response that she will give in the context of the trial of the road case.
The proposal garnered 36 votes in favor, with the contribution of the senators of the Front of All and the company of the Rio Negro Alberto Weretilneckthe Rioja Clara Vega and the missionary Magdalena Solari Quintana. The surprise was given by the official Maria Eugenia Catalfamo (San Luis), who ended up voting with Together for Changewhich only suffered the absence of Luis Juez.
The maneuver of Kirchnerism to advance firmly on justice began to take shape on Tuesday night, when it negotiated with the opposition the extension of a fund for culture, which the ruling party wants to extend for 50 years and which makes more than noise in Congress. . While in Together for Change they defined some alternative, Jose Mayans It was surprising to announce the decision to convene a special session to discuss the reform of the Court, a project that seemed stalled.
Under the command of oscar parrilli, the ruling party opened a round of negotiations and the project that proposed 25 members for the highest court of Justice was reduced to 15 courtiers, with parity and federalism included. In this way, Adolfo Rodriguez Saaweretilneck and Vegawho had objected to the proposal supported by a group of Peronist governors ended up aligning themselves with the Frente de Todos.
With Weretilneck and Vega, plus the accompaniment of Solari Quintana, the ruling party that suffered from the absence of Maurice Closs Y Alexandra Vigo He arrived with just enough to gather the 37 senators required for a quorum.
The debate was opened with the Jujuy William Snopeck that, in a somewhat confusing way, he presented the new proposal to increase the number of members of the Court, modifying the original ruling signed at the end of June, which added 20 courtiers and through which the session had been convened.
In that opening, the deputy of the Front of All admitted that there were “internal discussions” within the bloc around this proposal. “This plurality caused integration to be with 15 members and, in this effect, establish a parity with eight judges who must be of the same gender,” Snopek pointed out.
The debate got spicy with the ultra k Martin Donate charged hard against the current members of the Court. “Look if it is not going to be necessary to discuss the institutional redesign of the Court. There is no specialty, there is no federalism, there is no gender and, in addition, they are corrupt. And I bank what I say,” challenged the legislator. Later it was Parrilli who also went against the judges of the highest court by describing them as “gangsters”. “Have no doubt that they are going to extort you too in the mafia way they do it. Their function is to extort democracy. They are not going to forgive you absolutely anything,” he warned.
From the opposition Martin Lousteau explained that the objective of the ruling party “is to have a Court that works in factions and is divided.” While the Fuegian Paul White He took a bolillero to the precinct to “help” the ruling party to resolve how many members the Court should have. “At the end of June they signed an opinion with 25 members of the Court. Today, some say there will be 15. The truth is that 24 hours after the session was called, we still do not have the number of how many courtiers there will be,” he said.
But the tip catalfame He added a bit of uncertainty to the debate when, in a clear consequence of the territorial battle between the brothers Alberto and Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, he came out to defend the original proposal of 25 members instead of the agreed project of 15, which the ruling party had closed with allies .
“What I don’t understand very well is which region is going to be more represented than another because if there are 15 members, there are 6 regions, some region is going to be more represented than the other,” said the senator who responds to her governor who is inside of the provincial leaders who endorsed and went to Congress to defend the expansion of the highest court of Justice.
While the ultra K like Juliana Di Tullio looked with suppressed indignation, Catalfamo added arguments to his defense and warned his colleagues on the bench that he had “absolutely firm” convictions and warned that he was missing “a historic opportunity” to create a Supreme Court that represents all of Argentina.
At the close of the debate, Jose Mayans came out at the crossroads of the affirmations of Carolina Losadawho midway through the session charged against the ruling party when he raised the security crisis affecting Santa Fe and described the ruling bloc as a “criminal gang.”
“A senator treated us like a criminal gang. We are not a criminal gang, it is a total lack of respect, inadmissible, she owes us an apology,” returned the Formosan, who accused Losada of doing everything “to appear on Youtube”.
Beyond the Chicanas, the reform of the Court will have a second chapter when the project reaches the Deputies, where the opposition has already warned that it will not accompany Kirchnerism in this reform.