Time to shake things up in the Senate!
23 senators that were elected in the October 22 midterms have been sworn-in this morning on the Senate floor and yes, that includes Cambiemos’ Esteban Bullrich and former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Kirchner, who came out in second place last month in the Buenos Aires province, still managed to secure one seat for herself in the Upper House while the Cambiemos coalition got two after obtaining the majority of the votes in the largest electoral district in the country.
Others being sworn-in as senators this morning include former Presidents Carlos Menem (1989-1999) and Adolfo Rodríguez Saá (who was president for like two seconds back in 2001 when the country was on the brink of going to hell.)
The only one missing in today’s special session is Bullrich’s running mate in the Buenos Aires province, Gladys González, who’s apparently traveling.
You can follow the live swearing-in ceremony on the Senate floor here:
The ceremony began a few minutes before 11 AM and was being led by Vice-President Gabriela Michetti (who is also the president of the Senate). The 23 senators being sworn-in represent the provinces of Buenos Aires, Misiones, Formosa, Jujuy, La Rioja, San Juan, San Luis and Santa Cruz.
As expected, all eyes were on Cristina, who returns to her old job as a senator, a position she held between 2001 and 2007 before she became President of Argentina and will now hold for six years (unless, you know, she decides to run for president again or something).
Last October 22, Argentina elected 24 national senators to represent eight of the country’s provinces. Their tenure is scheduled to officially begin on December 10, after the congressional Constitutional Affairs Committee ruled that all of the elected candidates are cleared to be sworn-in.
Esteban Bullrich was the first one to be sworn-in for the Buenos Aires province.
Then, since González wasn’t present, it was Cristina Kirchner’s turn.
Of course, there were other elected officials from the interior being sworn-in as well but let’s face it, you probably don’t care about them or even know who they are. That’s fine though, we’re still here to provide you with the information you need.
Remember that each province that held senatorial elections last month is changing three seats each: two of them go for the winning candidates and one goes for whoever came out second. (This is why Bullrich and González get two seats but Cristina’s running mate is nowhere to be found this morning).
For Misiones, the former governor of the province, Maurice Closs and his running mate Magdalena Solari are replacing outgoing senators Salvador Cabral and Sandra Giménez. They are all from the same party so no big changes there. Humberto Schiavoni (PRO party) however replaces outgoing Peronist Juan Irrazabal.
OK, now let’s do Formosa: Ruben Mayans and Teresa González, along with Luis Naidenoff were all reelected so nothing to see here. Six more years of the same. In Jujuy, the Radical Silvia Giacoppo and Mario Fiad are taking over, while one seat goes to Peronist Carlos Snopek.
(By the way, I’m pretty sure you’ve stopped reading by now but if not, hey, good job.)
In La Rioja, the unexpected surprise was that Carlos Menem barely made it to the Senate and managed to get one seat, while Radicals Julio Martínez and Olga Inés Brizuela y Doria are taking over two seats that until now were held by Kirchneristas Hilda Aguirre and Teresita Luna. Sad!
Three more provinces to go guys, you can do it, come on.
San Luis: Adolfo Rodríguez Saá gets sworn-in as a senator for the third time in a row along with running mate María Catalfamo. Peronist Claudio Poggi gets one seat and replaces ultra-kirchnerista Daniel Pérsico. Sad, part two!
In San Juan, Roberto Basualdo, who is cozying up to Mauricio Macri was sworn-in for his second term, while Peronists Ruben Uñac and Cristina Lopez replace Kirchneristas Marina Riofrío and Ruperto Godoy.
Last but not least (or maybe least), Kirchnerism is out after being in power for like a million years. Cambiemos’ Eduardo Costa and María Belén Tapia are replacing Virginia García and María Labado, both of them very Kirchneristas. Ana María Ianni, also a Kirchnerista, got one seat though.
Alright, that’s pretty much it. Come back for more info if you want
(h/t to Infobae for all the detailed info)