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Peronist reshuffle: Solá, Moyano split from Massa to form CFK-friendly bloc

Presidential hopeful Sergio Massa loses key congressmen to a new voting bloc with ties to former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Monday 22 October, 2018
Lawmakers Felipe Solá and Facundo Moyano.
Lawmakers Felipe Solá and Facundo Moyano. Foto:Noticias Argentinas

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Lawmakers Felipe Solá and Facundo Moyano will split from the Renewal Front (FR) — an alliance of dissident Peronists led nationally by presidential hopeful Sergio Massa — to move closer to controversial former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

FR lawmakers Daniel Arroyo, Fernando Asencio and Jorge Taboada will also split from Massa, forming a new alliance with the Movimiento Evita and lawmaker Victoria Donda, who was informally allied with Massa.

The decision will be announced at a press conference in Buenos Aires on Monday afternoon, sources told the Noticias Argentinas (NA) news agency.

Solá, the former governor of Buenos Aires province, has long expressed his intentions to run for the presidency in 2019. He will lead the new voting bloc, sources told NA.

The move is unsurprising given Solá's change of tone toward Fernández de Kirchner in recent years. In the last 12 months, he has — without the endorsement of the FR or Sergio Massa — been seen alongside Victory Front (FpV) lawmakers at panels, conferences and meetings aimed at securing "unity".

"I don't want to go to an election with two Peronisms. Whoever is working toward there being two Peronisms is working for [President Mauricio] Macri. And I want to beat Macri, representing a united Peronism", Solá said in July.

RESHUFFLE

The complexity of the Peronist movement was on full display at October 17-Loyalty Day celebrations last week. 

Massa was seen in Tucumán province with former presidential candidate-cum-lamwaker Daniel Scioli, who sits with Fernández de Kirchner's voting bloc in the Lower House, while hardcore Kirchnerites who control Peronism's party structure, the PJ, huddled in Corrientes. 

Despite Monday's reshuffle, Massa's key congressional ally Graciela Camaño on Sunday said the Peronist movement could go to the 2019 elections with an alliance "as broad as to include all political leaders who want to represent an opposition to the government's economic model".

"On the streets, they're telling us: 'Come together so things change'", she told Radio Cooperative's AM 770.

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