Indefinite reelections: Axel Kicillof supported the revision of the law that limits the mandates of mayors

December 24, 2021

Axel Kicillof (Mey Romero)

In the Buenos Aires Executive they look closely at the negotiations that are taking place in the Legislature at this time. Is that It has already been called for next Tuesday to an extraordinary session, where the government of Axel Kicillof expects to approve the 2022 Budget, the Fiscal Tax Law and the Law of Ministries to enable the creation of the ministries of Environment, Transportation, Housing and the Cultural Institute. But another topic for which there are conversations It is the amendment to the law that limits indefinite re-elections for mayors, legislators, councilors and councilors. The position of the provincial government is the revision of article 7 to the regulation of the famous law that limits the mandates. That point holds that “The term of the Mayors, Councilors, School Counselors, Deputies and Senators upon the entry into force of this Law will be considered as the first term.” Today is the knot to untie.

“I need to remedy that issue”said the governor Axel Kicillof this Thursday in a year-end toast with accredited journalists in the Buenos Aires government hall when he was asked about his position on the law that obliges mayors, legislators, councilors and school counselors not to exceed two consecutive terms in their charges.

The gaze of the provincial government points to article 7 of the transitory provisions and it is in tune, even, with what opposition mayors think: those of the Radical Civic Union and, some, of the PRO. That point is the key to negotiations for these hours. The mayors, with seats in the Legislature through deputies and senators, ask that the period 2019-2023 be considered as the first term of government and not 2015-2019 as is currently the case. It has to do with the retroactivity of the rule. The laws, consider those who accompany this position, cannot be retroactive. It happens that the law was enacted in August 2016 and takes the first term from 2015 to 2019. “The Legislature has to take that article and discuss it again.”Kicillof assured.

The Buenos Aires governor with mayors
The Buenos Aires governor with mayors

One of the interpretations they make is that Based on the legal presentations that begin to appear, it will not be known who may be a candidate in 2023 and who will not.

That’s when they put the example of the two court decisions in the first instance, and signed by the same judge, which go against the law. These are the decisions of the judge in contentious and administrative matters of Court 1 of San Martín, Aníbal Ocampo.

As counted Infobae, at the beginning of the month the magistrate had issued a precautionary measure in favor of Andrea Pavón, councilor for the Frente de Todos de Malvinas Argentinas. And this week he did the same with Carlos Ramon Herrera, president of the Deliberative Council of Malvinas Argentinas and member of the “Independent Peronism” bloc, which he presented in the same file to complain about his situation.

The ruling party has already called for an extraordinary session for next Tuesday 28. Before there will be two presentations by Buenos Aires ministers. On Monday the Minister of Health will go to the Chamber of Deputies, Nicolas Kreplak, and the Minister of Labor, Mara Ruiz Malec, continuing with the presentations already made, at the request of the opposition, by the Minister of Finance and Finance, Pablo Lopez; of Justice, Julio Alak; the holder of ARBA, Cristian Girard and the Minister of Production, Science and Technological Innovation, Augusto Costa.

Kicillof hopes that the climate that was experienced last week with the national budget will not be replicated in the Buenos Aires Legislature. That is to say, that the opposition accompany with its vote the laws of both the Budget and the Fiscal Tax and also the Law of Ministries. “We offered the opposition something that also works for them”He assured, referring to the so-called provincial law law. He also recognized that, unlike the first year of management when the negotiation was more intense, this time the dialogue is more sustained.

For now, the extraordinary session is called on Tuesday. For budget and fiscal law the horizon appears cleaner. In the framework of negotiations, the government also keeps the channel open to discuss the positions that correspond to the opposition, another of Juntos’ demands. It is a sign that was not given in previous years.


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