After one of the worst week’s in President Mauricio Macri’s political career, the head of state on Monday summoned representatives of his ruling Cambiemos (Let’s Change) coalition for a crucial meeting at the Pink House.
Macri held two meetings on Monday: one, with his national economic team; the other, with representatives of the ruling Cambiemos coalition including the PRO (Macri’s own party), the UCR Radical Party and Civic Coalition.
The gathering of the National Cambiemos Workgroup “ratified” the Macri government’s “political, economic and social pathway, while admitting to difficulties in obtaining the results that Argentines deserve”, UCR president and Governor of Mendoza province, Alfredo Cornejo, told reporters.
Opposition parties will on Wednesday hold a special session to try to block any further increases to utility prices, which have been a key battleground given the rising social tension over the cost of living.
Cornejo had words of warning for lawmakers, expressing his hope that session would remain “tranquil and not like the one addressing the pension reform” bill which the government passed late last year.
“Congress does not have to address utilities (prices)”, he insisted, describing the opposition’s project as “demagogic”.