The eyes of the world today are on the elections in the United States. As pretty much the entire world crosses its fingers for a Hillary Clinton victory over Donald Trump, no one wants to miss the opportunity to watch the historic vote. But what if you’re a group of Argentine lawmakers? Eh, just fly to the U.S. and shut down Congress for a week.
Although it wasn’t the official reason, both chambers of the Argentine Congress determined to take the week off because lots of their members, invited by numerous international organizations, have made their way to Washington, D.C and New York to experience first hand the mother of all electoral battles.
And they have flown from all sides of the political spectrum. Lawmakers from parties who have been quite vocal when speaking about their, let’s say ideological disagreements, with the United States, such as the Victory Front (FpV). And those who have political visions that are not that far away from our northern neighbor, or just don’t consider it the embodiment of everything that is wrong with this world.
And it isn’t just lawmakers. The United States is filled today with Argentine luminaries, including key figures from the Judiciary such as Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio and Federal Judge Germán Moldes. In some cases they will participate as international observers, in others as mere witnesses.
However, one who wasn’t very excited about the collective road trip was Workers’ Party Deputy Myriam Bregman, who criticized that “while our country faces urgent matters, Congress is paralyzed for a week.”
Her colleagues are “shutting down Congress and leaving for a week just to see what anyone can follow on TV or online: who is going to be the next pilot of Yankee imperialism,” added Bregman, faithful to the Workers’ Party rhetoric.
The numerous organizations that invited these political players have also organized a large number of official meetings with numerous American bodies aimed at providing assessment and coaching on issues that are on the national agenda, such as the electronic vote.
In fact, a talk on cyber-security and potential hacks on an electronic voting system was one of the activities that got the most attention, Clarín reports. Bonadio, Moldes, Deputy Manuel Garrido, Presidential aide José Torello and Legal and Technical Secretary Pablo Clusellas are among those who signed up to learn about this key aspect of the electoral reform the Macri administration is trying to push. Among other activities, there will also be visits to the White House, Congress, the Department of State, the Department of Trade and the Organization of American States (OAS)
Junto a G.Camaño y L.Laspina ingresando reunion BID pic.twitter.com/dUXQhglldk
— Mario Raul Negri (@marioraulnegri) November 7, 2016
Radical Party (UCR) lawmaker Mario Negri entering the Inter-American Development Bank with colleagues Graciela Camaño and Luciano Laspina.
In regards to the election night itself, many will watch the results roll in at the Argentine Embassy in Washington, where Ambassador Martín Lousteau will throw a cocktail party while others will be watching from the OAS. Surely all those shindigs will pale in comparison to The Bubble’s election night party.