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ARGENTINA | 19-04-2018 12:02

Reshuffling: Peronist senator returns to CFK, as ex allies form leftist coalition

The announcement of a coalition on the left, to be formalised in May, comes amid reshuffling in Peronist ranks and the dramatic federal court intervention last week of the national Peronist party, the Justicialist Party.

A left-leaning political group once aligned with former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will in May form a political party with other major leftist groups, party authorities announced Thursday.

The Movimiento Evita party split with CFK’s coalition before last October’s mid-term election, choosing instead to support the campaign of her former Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo. 

The ‘Evita’, as the party is known, will form a coalition with Libres del Sur and a number of social-political organisations including Barrios de Pie, La Corriente Clasista y Combativa (CCC) and the Popular Economy Workers Confederation (CTEP), the Noticias Argentinas (NA) news agency reported.

“We want to form a party that advances in bringing us together around an agreement about the social situation facing neighbourhoods and to find a way out of this economic model”, Barrio de Pie’s Daniel Menéndez told NA, referring to the Macri administration’s economic policies.

The announcement of a coalition, to be formalised in May, comes amid reshuffling in Peronist ranks and the dramatic federal court intervention last week of the national Peronist party, the Justicialist Party.

Late Wednesday, Peronist Senator from Río Negro province, Silvina García Larraburu, announced she would part ways with the majority opposition bloc in the Senate, led by Miguel Ánguel Pichetto (also from Río Negro), to join Fernández de Kirchner’s minority bloc.

The government’s ruling coalition Cambiemos finished the mid-term elections with 25 Senate seats, the same amount as Pichetto's Argentina Federal bloc. With García Larraburu, Fernández de Kichner’s bloc is now composed of nine Senators.

-TIMES

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