The Frente de Todos (FdT), with 118 members, was ratified this week as the first minority of the Chamber of Deputies over Together for Change (JxC), which added 116, in a scenario that will show the internal rearrangements in the coming days of those spaces and the groupings of the 23 deputies of the remaining forces, with a view to the election of authorities and definition of work commissions.
In fact, the dispute over places of power in the Lower House has already begun to show tensions within the opposition coalition JxC, since both the presidencies of the PRO and the UCR blocs, and the space interblock, have faced to the different sectors that respond to Patricia Bullrich, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mario Negri and Martín Lousteau, respectively.
The final scrutiny in most of the provinces ratified the provisional results, so the national ruling party was left with 118 seats; Together for Change with 116; the Left with 4; the libertarians with 4; Córdoba Federal with 3; Together We Are Rio Negro with 2; the Missionary Renewal Front with 2; Santa Fe socialism with 2; Federal Consensus with 2; Neuquén Popular Movement with 1; La Rioja Federal Action with 1 and Somos Energía from Santa Cruz with 1.
The remaining bench depends on the result of the final vote count in the province of Buenos Aires, the only jurisdiction in which, due to its significant volume, the Electoral Justice has not yet completed this task.
According to the provisional scrutiny, that bench would correspond to Hugo Bontempo, third on the Avanza Libertad list, led by economist José Luis Espert, although in the final vote count, the first candidate of Vamos con Vos, Florencio Randazzo, is disputed.
In addition to this situation in Buenos Aires, in recent days the distribution in three other districts was completed: La Rioja, Jujuy and Rio Negro.
Together for the change, he maintained expectations in La Rioja, where finally the Frente de Todos was left with the two benches at stake; and in Jujuy, JxC sought to exceed 50 percent of the votes to win two of the three seats in dispute, which, definitive scrutiny through, did not happen.
The Frente de Todos, on the other hand, aspired to reverse the result in Rio Negro, where finally the provincial ruling party and Together for Change ratified their status as winners of the two seats in dispute.
With the conformation of the benches consolidated, the Chamber entered into the three weeks of definition on the formation of interblocks that, before December 10 -when the legislative change occurs-, will measure their forces to designate the authorities of the body, the committee chairs and to determine the balance that each space will have in these working groups.
The Frente de Todos managed to buckle the 118 deputies in a single internal space, as happened in the last two years, leaving behind the intentions of some governors to set up a kind of sub-bloc with an axis on federalism, an idea that had gained strength with the results of the STEP on the table.
The reverse occurs in Together for Change, where the three main partners, the PRO, the UCR and the Civic Coalition, see different sub-blocks proliferate every day, such as the one headed by the former president of the Chamber, Emilio Monzó; that of the economist Ricardo López Murphy or the former president of San Luis, Claudio Poggi.
So far, of the 116 deputies of Together for Change, 50 would be from the PRO; 45 of the UCR; 11 from the Civic Coalition; 4 led by Monzó, including Margarita Stolbizer and two from Avanzar San Luis, the Poggi space.
In addition, they would have monoblocks, the aforementioned López Murphy; the missionary Florencia Klipauka Lewtak, from the space of former governor Ramón Puerta; Carlos Zapata, referenced by Alfredo Olmedo from Salta and Paula Olmedo from Tucumán, from a provincial force that converged on JxC.
Until now, the former Macrista Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio remains in the PRO bloc, like his nephew, Fedrico from Tierra del Fuego, and Gustavo Hein from Entre Ríos, although they were tempted by the incipient monzoist bloc.
Others who for now remain in the PRO are the San Juan Marcelo Orrego and Susana Laciar, former candidates for governor and vice in that province.
The dispersion of spaces will affect the election of the legislative authorities of the interblock, where the radical Mario Negri sees his continuity at the head of the conglomerate threatened and Cristian Ritondo must gather wills to be ratified at the head of the PRO.
For the first of the places, the Buenos Aires Emiliano Yacobitti -referred to Senator Martín Lousteau- already warned that “we must make a revolution in radicalism so that it prioritizes those who have representation in society.”
Specifically, he pointed to Negri for having lost the intern of Juntos por el Cambio against the ballot that carried the macrista Luis Juez as a candidate for national senator and the radical Rodrigo de Loredo in the section of national deputies.
Yacobitti assures that he has 16 of the 45 members of the bloc listed in his proposal and imagines that he can add five more from the Cuyo region; while those who defend the management of Cordoba affirm that these numbers are not such and that, on the other hand, it would have no inconvenience in being ratified at the head of the bloc.
The one that would not be assured would be the continuity of Negri at the head of the interblock, since based on the numbers, the PRO could claim that place.
To reach that instance, the yellow bench must first decide if Cristian Ritondo continues to lead the bloc, since from an internal sector more reluctant to dialogue with the national government they intend to advance on their position.
As for the rest of the blocks, it is expected that Córdoba Federal, Santa Fe Socialism and Federal Consensus will continue to act in harmony and integrate an interblock of 7 or 8 members -depending on the income or not of Randazzo-.
The provincial officials of Rio Negro, Neuquén and Misiones also anticipated their joint work, which would add a total of 5 seats.
The Left ratified that its 4 deputies will work as interblock, while the two Buenos Aires libertarians, led by Javier Milei; and the two from Buenos Aires, led by Espert, have not yet finished closing a parliamentary agreement and are awaiting the possibility of adding a fifth bench that expresses that ideology.
The other two deputies who will complete the new Chamber are Felipe Alvarez from La Rioja, a former Cambiemos with his own monoblock and closer to the PRO than to the ruling party; and the oil unionist from Santa Cruz, Claudio Vidal, also with a monobloc, although with a Kirchnerist past and a strong impression against the policies of Together for Change.