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The candidacy of Alberto Lugones was challenged and he will not be able to be a candidate in the Council of the Judiciary

They accused him of not complying with the necessary interval time so that he can be reelected. He is an ally K in that body.

Hours before the deadline for the officialization of lists of judges in the electoral board of the Association of Magistrates expires, in what will be the renewal within the Council of the Judiciary, one of the opposition candidates, Eduardo Machinfiled an objection against the applicant for the Celeste list, the judge Alberto Lugones.

The presentation was because the judge does not meet the required interval time so that he can be reelected.

As Lugones’ challenge was finally accepted, Kirchnerism is thus left without the candidacy of a representative of the magistrates who has almost always voted in tune with the judicial strategy of Vice President Cristina Kirchner.




The Celeste list challenged Judge Lugones and may not be a counselor by the Magistracy

Law No. 24,937 regulates the functioning of the Council of the Magistracy, the body in charge of appointing and removing judges.

Its members have to be in office for four years, and can only be re-elected with a period of interval between each administration: Lugones, who assumed a place in the Judicial Council in November 2018, was not authorized to participate in these elections next October.

Lugones was a candidate for the Celeste list, the closest to Kirchnerism, which faces the Bordó list of the president of the Association of Judges and Officials of the Nation, Marcelo Gallo Tagle.

The elections will be next October 18but the formal presentation of the lists expired this Thursday.

Among the lists there is a proposal linked to the ruling party, another to the opposition and a more “professionalist” one, somewhat further from the political agenda. Both judges and lawyers must elect four representatives, of which two must be women, in accordance with the commitments that the Council was assuming in terms of gender equality.

Judge Alberto Lugones in the Committee of Agreements of the Senate of the Nation.  Clarin Archive


Judge Alberto Lugones in the Committee of Agreements of the Senate of the Nation. Clarin Archive

In this context, the candidate for Judicial Commitment, the commercial chamberlain Eduardo Machín, filed a challenge against the candidacy of Lugones, who headed the Celeste List, which brings together the magistrates closest to the Government.

“Dr. Lugones intends to be reelected in office, something that in our opinion it is forbidden“, prayed the letter. According to it, the members of the Council of the Judiciary last four years in their positions, being able to be re-elected with interval of one periodsomething that is provided for in law 24,937.

“The wording of said norm leaves no room for doubt that, in order to be re-elected once a term has been fully completed, there must be an interval of a period which would not be happening in the species“, he completed on the protection analyzed by the Electoral Board of the Association of Magistrates.

For the most critical sector towards the ruling party, grouped in the Bordó List, as head of the list, will go the judge of the Federal Chamber of Criminal Cassation, Diego Barroetaveña, seconded by the current counselor, civil judge Agustina Díaz Cordero.

Within the space list, although with almost no chance of occupying a seat on the Council, is federal judge Marcelo Martínez De Giorgi.

As a third option, from “Judicial Commitment” they will compete for a place in the body that selects the magistrates, the Commercial Chamberlain Eduardo Machín and the Criminal and Correctional Judge, María Provítola.

What has been speculated up to now is that the Frente de Todos, which is promoting an aggressive strategy to control the Judicial Council, I would add one or two advisers among the lawyers and legislatorsregarding the current composition, to the detriment of Together for Change.

It is that the ruling party managed to present two lists of lawyers -of the three that are presented for elections-, with which they will probably keep two representatives, even if they came in second and third place in the elections on October 18.

In this way, Together for Change, which now has three representatives among the lawyers -of the four that this body sends- would resign a delegate, who would go to the labor lawyer Héctor Recalde, former member of the Judicial Council and former head of the bloc of Kirchnerist deputies, father of the current Camporista councilor Mariano Recalde.

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