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ARGENTINA | 31-10-2023 15:55

Milei: 'No talks' with 'generous' PRO over Cabinet plans

Libertarian lawmaker accuses run-off Unión por la Patria rival Sergio Massa of being a liar and says Bullrich, Macri backing doesn't mean they'll play a role in future government if he wins election.

La Libertad Avanza presidential Javier Milei has played down the possibility that he may appoint PRO party leaders to Cabinet positions should win the November run-off.

Last week Milei won the explicit backing of PRO leaders Patricia Bullrich and Mauricio Macri ahead of the second-round vote, though all involved have been keen to say there is no future agreement regarding governance and sharing of resources.

In a radio interview, Milei said “there have been no talks about it” at all.

“If it were any other way, I would have no problem admitting it. I understand many believe it is so because they’re used to [the way of] old politics. I have discovered impressive generosity in Bullrich and Macri," the deputy highlighted in a radio interview. 

Milei has been questioned by some of his supporters for 'selling out' his beliefs by negotiating with individuals he previously slammed for being part of Argentina's "political caste."

Quizzed about the potential make-up of a future government headed by himself, Milei offered a few details.

“We’re working on the same line we have worked on recently, and when the time comes to consider names, all the people who can make a contribution will be taken into account. We have an economy minister, but I won’t disclose" who it is yet, he added.

Milei said that Bullrich and Macri had pledged their support but that they had not agreed any deal that extends past the run-off.

The libertarian lawmaker said that politicians from PRO had been "very generous” with him and his staff. “Not only did they express unconditional support without asking for anything,” but they are willing to cooperate with auditing the vote, he added.

“We’re very grateful for the help they provide,” said Milei.

The libertarian then fired off criticism of some sectors of the Unión Cívica Radical (UCR) who have said they will not support him in the second-round vote against ruling coalition candidate Sergio Massa.

With less than 20 days to go for the run-off, Milei looked to motivate anti-Kirchnerite voters, telling them that casting "blank votes or not voting means voting for Massa."

The libertarian presidential candidate attacked his rival, whom he faces at the ballot box on November 19.

“Massa has to figure out how many lies he will tell. He’s a liar, you can’t believe anything he says," declared Milei.

He also mentioned discussions his teams are having with Unión por la Patria representatives ahead the next presidential debate on November 12.

“Massa’s people don’t want papers [on stage]. I don’t read the presentations; I have bullet points so I don’t get sidetracked and keep in order. That was the case in the previous debate. If you check my papers there are bullet points, a chain of arguments so I don’t get distracted,” he said.

 

Carrió sure she won’t vote

The leader of Coalición Cívica-ARI (CC) and one of the founders of the opposition Juntos por el Cambio coalition, Elisa Carrió, has stated she will not cast a vote in the run-off on November 19. 

Her party is staying neutral in the electoral race between the economy minister and the libertarian deputy.

“I won’t vote, I’m morally tired of society,” Carrió said in an interview.

“I won’t be told that I’m with Massa because Coalición Cívica reported all his deals… And I won’t go for madness because I studied The origins of totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt a great deal. I’m not voting,” the opposition leader added.

Last week Carrió attacked former president Mauricio Macri, one of the brokers behind the Bullrich-Milei agreement: “Macri always played for Milei and the destruction of Juntos por el Cambio, that’s the historic truth."

 

– TIMES/NA

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