Argentina: the conflict between Fernández and the Supreme Court worsens

BUENOS AIRES (HPD) — The conflict between Argentine President Alberto Fernández and the Supreme Court of Justice escalated one more step after a ruling resisted by the national government that forces him to allocate a greater volume of funds to the city of Buenos Aires collected by the Treasury.

The president announced Thursday night that he instructed the competent state bodies to ask the highest court to revoke a resolution in which it provides that the national government must allocate 2.95% of the volume of federal taxes collected to the capital .

Fernández, who has the support of more than a dozen governors from the same political space – Peronism – also ordered the recusal of the Supreme Court magistrates with a view to removing them from the file in which they ruled in favor of the capital government, governed by one of the parties that make up the main opposition force.

The president maintains a frontal confrontation with the magistrates of the Court and considers that Argentine justice is not partial and needs reform. Several times he has accused the Judiciary of favoring the opposition, which has former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) among its referents.

Fernández considers that the ruling of the Court is “political” with a view to 2023, when general elections will be held, and that it is false that it does not harm all the Argentine provinces, since the resources for the capital government “would come from the national budget , which is executed in public policies throughout the territory of the Nation”.

The Together for Change coalition, the largest opposition force, repudiated the “constant abuse” of the ruling party to the institutions and considered that the president’s attitude opens an “unprecedented institutional and power conflict.”

In this case that has been pending for two years, the four judges of the highest court issued a precautionary measure that ordered the national government to pay the city of Buenos Aires 2.95% of the volume of the so-called “shared funds”, in the framework of a bitter dispute between both administrations for what is the amount that corresponds.

The court indicated that the National State must refrain from applying a 2020 law that established the current amounts that the government transfers to the city.

The capital government had complained about the decision two years ago of the national Executive to cut the funds transferred, following a protest by the police in the province of Buenos Aires demanding a salary increase.

Constitutionalist lawyers indicated that an instance is now being opened in which the Court must resolve the request to revoke its ruling, which it will most likely reject. That would make his decision firm and force the national government to abide by it, although he will be able to discuss how he will release the funds.

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