In the midst of negotiations between the Government and the IMF to settle the debt, Cristina Kirchner shared an extensive letter to address the issue. “The pen always had it, has it and the President of the Nation will have it”Said the vice president, amid criticism of the media and the opposition.
It is his first public statement after the elections. In his letter, entitled “Of silences and curiosities. On laws and responsibilities ”, Cristina Kirchner aims directly at Together for Change, whose leaders he accuses of “not taking charge” of the debt with the international organization.
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Interestingly, the vice president recognizes the triumph for the first time of the opposition coalition in the elections of November 14 last: “The most curious attitude comes from the opposition coalition that has won, at the national level, the parliamentary elections. Statements such as ‘we are not going to say anything about the agreement with the IMF until Cristina has her opinion’ are common currency, ”he points out, and recalls that Peronism lost its quorum in the Senate for the first time since 1983.
“Now they want ‘Cristina to define if the agreement with the IMF is right or wrong’?” ask opposition leaders for “responsibility”: “Or what do they want the benches for? To collect the diet? Or maybe to travel abroad with free tickets and per diem in dollars? To position itself for 2023? ”, He adds.
Cristina Kirchner, on the negotiation with the IMF: “It is the head of the Executive Power who carries out the negotiations”
After a long introduction with criticisms of the “hegemonic” means of communication and charge against Mauricio Macri as the main responsible for the debt in which Argentina incurred, Cristina Kirchner’s letter is in charge of pointing out to Alberto Fernández as the sole party responsible for the negotiation with the IMF.
“It is the head of the Executive Power who carries out the negotiations in the exercise of su constitutional responsibility in this matter”, Says the vice president and highlights that, by the Law of Strengthening the Sustainability of Public Debt, it is Congress, which must then approve the eventual agreement.
“Cristina does not have the pen… He always had it, has it and the President of the Nation will have it. And I don’t say it the National Constitution says so. Let no one be fooled about who decides the policies in Argentina, “says the ex-president.
The complete letter from Cristina Kirchner on the negotiations with the IMF
For several weeks now, from the hegemonic media, the sectors of real power in Argentina and, believe it or not -as I could read in print-, also from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Wall Street brokers, There is speculation with ‘the silence of the vice president’ and her position regarding a possible agreement with the IMF for the 57,000 million dollars that the government of Mauricio Macri requested in 2018, of which it was disbursed in less than a year, the handsome sum of $ 44.5 billion.
They wonder “what is Cristina going to do about this issue?” Just to reflect the degree of confusion that is intended to be installed, I randomly choose one of the headlines that have been published: “The IMF, Cristina Kirchner’s pen, and the worsening dispute between Alberto Fernández and the vice president” (SIC).
However, the most curious attitude comes from the opposition coalition that has won, at the national level, the parliamentary elections held on November 14 last. Statements such as “we are not going to say anything about the agreement with the IMF until Cristina has an opinion” are commonplace on portals, TV programs and social networks.
Are they serious that the same people who brought the IMF back to Argentina, restarting the tragic cycle of indebtedness that Néstor Kirchner had closed in 2005, today do not take charge of anything?
Are they serious that the same people who toured the country and the television channels reciting the mantra “we must take away the majority from Cristina in the Senate so that Congress is not a government notary’s office”, now they want “Cristina to define if the agreement with the IMF is right or wrong?
Let’s go! Please! Politics must stop being just a television show. As of December 10 of this year and for the first time since 1983, with the advent of democracy, Peronism will not have its own quorum in the Chamber of Senators of the Nation.
When the popular vote is sought in free elections and without proscriptions, the responsibility of that representation must be exercised. More so, when the elections have been won. Or what do they want the benches for? To collect the diet? Or maybe to travel abroad with free tickets and per diem in dollars? To position itself for 2023?
I must confess that I am not surprised by the political irresponsibility of the opposition. The history of our country is full of political forces that came to the government saying one thing and did exactly the opposite once they walked through the door of the Casa Rosada.
Laws and responsibilities.
On November 11, 2020, the National Executive Power sent the Bill to Strengthen the Sustainability of Public Debt to the Senate of the Nation. An excellent initiative whose main objective was to prevent an experience similar to that of the Mauricio Macri government from repeating itself in Argentine history, which in just an instant took us into debt in an extraordinary, exorbitant and unsustainable way without going through the National Congress.
Allow me to reproduce verbatim article 2 of that project: “Provide that the entire financing program and public credit operation carried out with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as any increase in the amounts of those programs or operations, will require a law of the Honorable Congress of the Nation that expressly approves it. “
19 days after entering that proposal, which had only 5 articles, the Senate of the Nation approved it with 65 favorable votes and one abstention. The Chamber of Deputies was not far behind. On February 11, 2021, it became law -under number 27,612- with 233 affirmative votes, 2 negative votes and 2 abstentions.
As can be seen, it appears at first glance that all the political forces of both coalitions assumed responsibility for deciding whether or not to approve whatever the Executive Power negotiates and agrees with with the IMF. All this without prejudice to the fact that it is the head of the Executive Power who carries out the negotiations in exercise of his constitutional responsibility in this matter.
It is worthwhile here to paraphrase and correct the title that we mentioned at the beginning of this text: Cristina does not have the pen… she always had it, she has it and the President of the Nation will have it. And I am not saying it, the National Constitution says so. Let no one be fooled about who decides policies in Argentina.
Argentina, like the rest of the world, was and continues to be traversed by the pandemic and the risks of permanent mutation and return. Our country also has the unprecedented weight of an unprecedented debt with the IMF. It is a historical moment of extreme gravity and the definition that is adopted and approved may become the most authentic and true stock of memory for the development and growth WITH SOCIAL INCLUSION of our country.
And watch out! That nobody is talking about ignoring debts. I believe that Kirchnerism (and let me use “ism” to somehow honor the formidable management of who was my life partner and identify a political process of Peronism) has a historical attribute that is that of having paid the debts generated by other governments. It is enough to recall once again the cancellation of the debt with the IMF carried out by Néstor Kirchner, as well as the debt restructuring carried out in 2005 and in 2010 with private creditors, with the largest reduction of capital and interests of the to have memory.
I have been a national legislator from 1995 to 2007, when I was elected for the first time as President of the Argentine Republic. I had to live as a citizen, like all Argentines, very difficult moments and as a Senator and National Deputy having to vote in situations of unprecedented institutional gravity. And I always voted according to my ideas and convictions, which not infrequently brought me some other inconvenience. Today, as established by the Constitution and Law 27,612, it is not Cristina … it is the 257 deputies and deputies and 72 senators who have the legal, political and historical responsibility of approving or not how it will be paid and under what conditions the largest debt to the IMF in the world and in all of history.
I have also been President of the Nation for two consecutive terms. In 2010, I had to complete the most successful restructuring of sovereign debt of which we have memory, carried out, paradoxically, by whoever was the President who with the fewest votes assumed the first magistracy in all of Argentine history. Go my tribute, once again, to so much capacity, so much will and so much courage. When as President I had to decide, I did not give in to the extortion of the Vulture Funds because this meant ignoring the rights of all those external creditors who in good faith had agreed with the Argentine State in 2005 and 2010, with irreparable consequences for Argentina. I still remember when in 2016, with Mauricio Macri in government, the repeal of the Sovereign Payment Laws was discussed in the National Congress.
The echo of the speeches of some fellow legislators who voted against that repeal and presumably argued that from then on a debt process would begin that would inevitably culminate with the return of the IMF to Argentina. . Although I must admit that neither of them nor of them, as well as whoever writes these lines, never imagined the magnitude of what was going to happen.
Nor do I forget and, also fully share, the speech of the President of the Nation on July 9 in the commemoration of the feat of Independence in the House of Tucumán:
“Every day I fight for Argentina to stand up, and every day I fight against those who want to see Argentina on its knees from the inside. And I do not stop, and I continue, and we agree with the private creditors, we are negotiating with the Fund. Does Argentina know that this year, from now until the end of the year, we have commitments of almost 5 billion dollars to face with the Fund, taken over by a government that assumed that commitment two years ago? Does Argentina know it? And they also demand that I fix it quickly. My model is not in those who send rubber bullets to Bolivia. My model continues to be San Martín, Güemes and Belgrano. Never expect me to sign something that will ruin the life of the Argentine people, never, never. And I hope you understand me, because if someone expects me to give in to creditors or to give in to a laboratory, they are wrong. I am not going to do it. Before I go home, because I would not really have the face to enter that room if I did something similar “.
May God and the Homeland enlighten you all. We Argentines need it.
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