According to a decree published on the Official Bulletin earlier today, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has officially extended the end date of Congress’ ordinary sessions from November 30 to December 9 — that is, until one day before she leaves office.
The decree was signed by the outgoing President and Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández and this legal extension now permits legislators from both houses to go on debating proposals and initiatives which have long been addressed and cleared by the appropriate committees.
According to Article 63 of the National Constitution, the Lower House and Senate chambers are supposed to join together for regular meetings, beginning with a session initiated by the President of the Nation on March 1, and ending with a final rendez-vous on November 30.
Extraordinary sessions can, however, be called under extraordinary (funnily enough) circumstances and ordinary sessions can be extended or delayed by the National Executive Power. According to the latter, Cristina was thus acting within her right this morning.
However, many opposition forces see this as a last push for power before her ever-nearing national despedida and are a bit miffed by Cristina’s latest congressional activity.
The latest Congressional session invoked a wave of criticism for its appointment of Julián Álvarez and Juan Forlón, former of La Cámpora members, to the Auditor’s General Office (AGN).