Global Courant 2023-05-19 05:06:01
The vice president wants to ensure influence over the voters of the Frente de Todos after the elections.
Cristina Kirchner made it clear again that she will not be a candidate this year. The announcement, dedicated to cutting off the requests of the Kirchnerism leaders for it to lead the official ticket, has an immediate and undeniable effect for the Frente de Todos, but, above all, it is destined to have more lasting consequences, even in the rest of the system. political and, especially if the forecasts indicating that the ruling party will be defeated are corroborated. Therefore, the question is not what Cristina will do from now until the election, but rather what she plans to do after the election.
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What power would Cristina have in the opposition? It is impossible to know the answer to that question without knowing the result of the October vote, but Kirchnerism is embarking on achieving, as anyone can suppose, the widest possible platform so that landing back on the plain is pleasant.
Kirchner militants went to the gates of the C5N channel to wait for Cristina Kirchner. Photos: Martin Bonetto
In order to maintain this project, Cristina needs to find a candidate for president that is as competitive as possible. Even if she thinks she can’t win, she does need that candidate to push the legislative ticket. In Buenos Aires – the district where Kirchnerism gets the most votes – 35 national deputies and the three national senators will be elected this year.
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It is a determining number for any political sector that wants to govern or form an opposition with the capacity to influence the agenda, and for this very reason it weakens Axel Kicillof’s idea of splitting the provincial general elections from the national election. Separating the two votes would not only mean admitting that the fight for the Presidency is lost: it would also imply sending the candidates for national senators or representatives to their deaths.
Cristina’s communicative facet
Cristina will chain an extremely communicative period these days if one takes into account the minimalist style that she embraced since she left the presidency in 2015. She published a letter on Tuesday, gave an interview this Thursday and will give a speech next Thursday in the Plaza de Mayo , in an act called to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the election that ended up taking Néstor Kirchner to the Casa Rosada in 2003.
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His idea is to make it clear that, even without leading a ballot, he will dedicate himself to nailing the guardrails among which Kirchnerism will have to circulate in the coming years. The Frente de Todos government misled many in this regard, because it never formulated a comprehensible project, but it did respect a stainless vector: strategic decisions remained in the hands of Cristina Kirchner.
In her appearances, Cristina is also dedicated to talking about the assassination attempt she suffered in front of her house in Recoleta. That judicial investigation made it clear that this very serious failed attack was committed by a group of outsiders with no connections to politics, and even less to parties competing in elections. The vice president, whose speech permanently needs the fuel of the epic, does not accept that explanation and seeks to get the most out of that event. Her problem is that she says it alone: almost no politician talks about it, simply because society stopped caring about the subject, or she no longer cares very much about it.