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CFK's role in broad alliance sparks new chapter in Peronist election tussle

The former president-cum-senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's hypothetical role in a possible broad Peronist alliance is again causing tensions.

Monday 4 February, 2019
Lawmaker Graciela Camaño.
Lawmaker Graciela Camaño. Foto:File-Perfil

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Peronism seemed to be so close, but yet so far, from securing their much yearned-for sense of "unity" at the start of 2019.

Now, with an election on the horizon in October, the issue of former president-cum-senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's role in a possible broad Peronist alliance is again causing friction.

"Our aim is to construct a different kind of movement, no be stuck" to the Kirchners, key dissident Peronist lawmaker Graciela Camaño told AM 530 on Monday.

That sentiment wasn't shared in Mar del Plata, where Peronists who operate within the Justicialist Party's (PJ) formal structure, called for the former president to be incorporated.

"Those who do not want the unity of Peronists are working for [President Mauricio] Macri", the Governor of Tucumán province Juan Manzur said in a statement.

His comments come after Peronist Senate minority leader Miguel Ángel Pichetto reintegrated that Fernández de Kirchner's participation in an alliance was out of the question for him and his allies.

'CHALLENGES' AHEAD

Our "challenge is to show citizens that there is an alternative: it's not about polar opposites," Camaño said in reference to a Federal Alternative, the existing alliance between Peronists conformed of the likes of Sergio Massa, Pichetto and Salta Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey.

"This back and forth results in the impossibility of building something that favours Argentines," she added.

Asked about the possible candidacy of economist Roberto Lavanga, Camaño said within Federal Alternative "there is group which is promoting the idea" and that "it's an interesting one because he is a person who has been working tirelessly since 2007, who proposed the idea of an alternative force in 2013 when he accompanied Sergio Massa."

But she insisted that Massa's "is the candidacy which we are promoting."

"He is a guy who believes that things get resolved when we compete," she added, in a thinly veiled reference to the PASO primaries, where Federal Alternative presidential hopefuls will compete for the final spot to compete against President Macri.

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