Senate: The Front of All will seek to give half sanction to the reform of the Supreme Court

After several twists and turns, failed negotiations and sessions that fell at the last minute, The Front of All is preparing to approve this Thursday in the Senate the expansion of the Supreme Court of Justice. To overcome the obstacles that, until now, had prevented him from bringing the reform to the premises, the ruling party will make a key modification to the dictated project: instead of taking the number to 25 supreme, it will take it to 15. Thanks to this change, the ruling party managed to score the accompaniment of Adolfo Rodriguez Saa Y Alberto Weretilneck, two of the votes that he needed yes or yes to reach the majority. The session in the Senate, which will begin at 2:30 p.m., will also be the first to be led by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner after her assassination attempt. Together for Changewho had refused to participate in the last session to repudiate the attack against the vice president, expressed his rejection of “attempts to attack Justice” and anticipated that he would not give a quorum.

After several weeks of internal probing, the numbers to expand the composition of the Supreme Court would be almost assured. Or at least that’s what they repeat from the ranks of the ruling party, who yesterday afternoon made their confidence official by sending a call to discuss the High Court reform project this Thursday. The initiative, which was ruled more than three months ago, claims to increase the number of supreme judges from 5 – although this Thursday, with the vacancy of Elena Highton, there are only 4 judges – to 25, so that there could be a judge for each province plus one appointed by the Executive Branch. The project had been driven by the “governors league“, who became involved in the political battle between the Government and the Supreme Court (after the landing of Horacio Rosatti in the Judicial Council) in the context of the dispute between the Nation and the City of Buenos Aires over co-participation. already tried to approve on two previous occasions, however the resistance of the official Adolfo Rodríguez Saá and the Rio Negro Alberto Weretilneck caused both sessions to fall before they could be convened.

The decision to introduce some modifications, however, managed to unblock the debate. Although it will be made official on the premises, the objective of the FdT is to bring the number of members of the Supreme Court to 15. The composition – similar to a project that Senator Silvia Sapag had previously presented – is closer to the number that Rodríguez Saá (who had an initiative of 9 members) and Weretilneck (who had one of 16 members) had originally proposed in their own texts. ), with which it was possible to add their support. The final project to be discussed will only consist of an article that establishes the composition of 15 members and gender parity, in order to avoid complaints of unconstitutionality. The objective, in any case, is for President Alberto Fernández to later issue a decree that regulates the reform of the Court, establishing there the methods of selection of the magistrates. Although it will not appear in this Thursday’s text, the ruling party’s promise to Weretilneck is that the presidential decree will establish a regionalization criterion for the election of applicants (a point that the Rio Negro had established in his project).

With 35 senators of its own, the FdT always needs two more to reach a majority. Although the ruling party does not usually have problems reaching that number thanks to the usual accompaniment of allies such as Weretilneck and Magdalena Solari Quintana, the original resistance of the Rio Negro and Rodríguez Saá, as well as the various casualties due to health problems that the ruling party has had in their own interblock, had obscured the picture. Seduced by Weretilneck and Rodríguez Saá, the FdT calculates that, beyond a possible absence, it will be able to reach a quorum of 37 with the support of the other usual ally of the FdT: Clara Vega from La Rioja. The numbers, however, will be adjusted and the ruling party will not breathe easy until they see the 37 senators in their seats.

opposition rejection

The difficulty in convening the session was also due to the blunt rejection that Together for Change expressed to the project from the beginning. Noticed of the ruling party’s decision to move forward with the reform of the Court, the opposition coalition anticipated that it would not provide a quorum and published a statement denouncing an “attack on justice.” “There is no way to build consensus in the political leadership that society demands this Thursday, if the government itself encourages an agenda that has nothing to do with solving inflation, reducing poverty, ending insecurity,” they pointed out from JxC . Beyond the criticism, more than one opposition legislator does the math and knows that the chances that the reform of the Supreme Court will be approved later in the Chamber of Deputies are remote.

Popular Inquiries

While the FdT senators finished defining the details for Thursday’s session, The Constitutional Affairs Commission ruled on two popular consultation projects that a sector of Kirchnerism had been promoting for months. “It is an important advance in order to improve the functioning of democracy,” he stressed. oscar parrilli, author of one of the initiatives that, among other things, allows the call for a referendum to be held in one session with the support of a simple majority (currently it must be by special majority, that is, two-thirds). The other project, Juliana Di Tullioestablishes that the consultation can be carried out on the same date that an election is held (today prohibited).

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