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Milei formalizes invitation to governors for national agreement. Buenos Aires rejects proposal

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Milei formalizes invitation to governors for national agreement.  Buenos Aires rejects proposal

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — far-right president of Argentina, Javier Milei, launched on Monday the formal call to all provincial governors for the signing of the so-called “May Pact”, a ten-point agreement with which he seeks to establish a new economic order in Argentina.

The president raised the proposal last Friday—which includes political, labor, pension, fiscal, natural resource exploitation and trade opening reform—during the opening ceremony of the ordinary sessions of Congress, the first of his administration.

“The national government maintains its commitment to dialogue with the 23 governors and the head of government (mayor) of the city of Buenos Aires in search of the necessary agreements to abandon the recipes of the past and return to the path of prosperity, growth and the development of our Homeland,” the presidency said in a statement.

The call took place hours after the governor of the province of Buenos Aires – the largest in the country -, the opposition Axel Kicillof, rejected the possibility of an agreement with the president as long as the cut in financing to the provinces for their economic adjustment plan.

“After subjecting the people, democracy and federalism to an aggression as unprecedented as it is savage, we are now being sent an invitation that looks more like a threat or an imposition than a dialogue,” said Kicillof, a centrist Peronist. -left, on Monday before the provincial legislature.

“We will be in all areas necessary to continue firmly demanding some specific points. But if it’s about meetings for photos and marketing… just start if we don’t arrive,” the provincial leader warned.

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During his speech before Congress, Milei invited the governors, former presidents and leaders of the main political parties to “lay down our personal interests” and sign “a new social contract,” which he called the May Pact. The president set the date for May 25 to coincide with the celebration of the May Revolution of 1810, which cleared the way for the independence of the South American country from the kingdom of Spain.

The ten pillars of the refoundation of Argentina proposed by Milei are: inviolability of private property, non-negotiable fiscal balance, reduction of public spending around 25% of GDP, tax reform, new federal tax sharing, agreement for the exploitation of resources natural resources of the country, labor reform, pension reform, political reform and opening of international trade.

The official proposal aims to reduce the political tension derived from the cut proposed by the government to the funds that the State must make to the provinces in the form of tax sharing, as well as other aid for the payment of teachers’ salaries and subsidies for public transportation. within the framework of the austerity plan to reduce the fiscal deficit.

But Milei demanded that the governors as a “gesture of good will” before the signing of the “May Pact” instruct the legislators of the provinces to vote on the package of broad reforms contemplated in the draft “Law of Bases and Points of Agreement”. Party for the Freedom of Argentines”, rejected by Congress at the end of January, and a new fiscal pact.

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Milei’s initiative has generated dissimilar responses. The mayor of Buenos Aires, the conservative Jorge Macri, accepted the invitation while the provincial leaders of Córdoba and Santa Fe – other of the main districts of the country – are willing to sit at the table, but with conditions.

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