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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta rejects the Government’s call to discuss the Buenos Aires security funds

The city will decline the invitation the Interior Minister Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro and the head of the Economy Portfolio, Martín Guzmán, who formally summoned the head of government and his collaborators to discuss the transfer of funds for Security, who were committed to the reduction of 1.2 co-participation points. The Casa Rosada executed that measure first by decree, in September, and Congress signed it into law in early December.

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta instructed his officials to respond categorically to the invitation of Alberto Fernández’s ministers. The letter would bear the signature of the Secretary General of the City, Fernando Straface. At the head of government they await a solution from the Supreme Court, where they presented two complaints against the national State.

On Wednesday, December 30 at 9:48 p.m., the Ministry of the Interior issued the call to the City. At the Buenos Aires Executive headquarters they were not surprised; the letter had reached the building on Uspallata street the day before. That same Tuesday, De Pedro spoke by phone with Rodríguez Larreta, although the talk was focused on the vaccination operation that began that day.

On the table girl of Rodriguez Larreta It was debated whether or not the head of government should attend the Olivos residence to discuss the rise in infections. There were voices against and in favor, but second place prevailed. “We have to continue to differentiate ourselves and act responsibly,” said a henchman from the PRO leader. In the last hours it was also considered whether the head of government should sign the rejection statement or not.

Alberto Fernández meeting in Olivos with Kicillof and Rodriguez Larreta

Alberto Fernández meeting in Olivos with Kicillof and Rodriguez Larreta

On Wednesday, in Olivos, Rodríguez Larreta and Fernández they reedited the political photo of the pandemic. The President and the chiefs of the districts of the AMBA analyzed the multiplication of infections. The governor Axel Kicillof it was also from the game. The image will be seen again between January 8 and 10, with the certain possibility of including some restrictions. That day the issue of co-participation was not addressed.

The Province received almost all of the resources cut from the City to finance the increase to the Buenos Aires police, which in September carried out a strike that included a police siege of the Olivos residence.

At the head of government they do not expect an imminent solution from the highest court. “Now there is a fair, I think they will look for an intermediate instance of dialogue, because a ruling against the Government would greatly deliberate,” they say in the City.

The text of the letter, as advanced, will be tough and with a clear political position. In private they are less diplomatic. “The decree and the law are unconstitutional. This violates the institutionality of the entire country. It is a circus. We already negotiated with the national State in 2016,” he says in the environment of the head of Government regarding the decree signed by the former president Mauricio Macri to transfer the resources to the Nation, which Fernández revoked in the same way.

The dialogue between the Government and the City to advance in a withdrawal was postponed in March, with the start of the pandemic. Rodríguez Larreta’s delegates were willing to give up almost half a co-participation point.

The reduction of 1.2 co-participation points will represent a decrease of $ 65 billion in the Buenos Aires Budget of 2021. In the middle, the positions are exacerbated in the face of the decisive electoral campaign.

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