The Argentine Senate on Thursday approved a judicial reform that would increase the quota of the trans-Andean Supreme Court from 5 to 15.
The Argentine Senate approved a bill submitted by the ruling coalition of the Frente de Todos this Thursday. The bill proposes to increase the number of members of the Supreme Court from her current five to her fifteen. Even if approved, it would have to be debated in the House of Representatives to become law.
Debate in the Senate revolved around a 15-member Supreme Court instead of the 25 as originally proposed by Argentina’s ruling party, which was approved by 36 to 33 votes.
The Senate is made up of 72 members of Parliament. 35 belong to interblock before all and 33 to Together for Change, On the other hand, the blocks Together We Are Río Negro, Misiones, Hay Futuro Argentina, and Córdoba Federal each have one member.
The Supreme Court is currently made up of magistrates: Horacio Rosatti (President), Carlos Fernando Rosencrantz (Vice President), Juan Carlos Maqueda and Ricardo Lorenzetti (Minister of Justice). Elena Highton resigned from Nolasco last year, and she’s yet to be replaced.
For the Frente de Todos faction, to which Vice President Cristina Fernandez belongs, the expansion of the courts will allow them to achieve gender equality among their members and ensure representation of the country’s various provinces.
Congress was led by Claudia Ledesma, interim speaker of the Senate, as it has yet to have a vice president still in session since the September 1 assassination attempt.
The opposition group Together for Change, which holds 33 of the 75 seats in the Senate, has rejected the meeting, accusing it of “manipulating the debate” to obtain approval “at any cost.”
“Justice is not working well in Argentina. Look nowhere. We need reform and management to improve our bottom line. But manipulating the argument to expand the court is not a strong argument,” said Alfredo Cornejo, one of the opposition lawmakers.
Lewis Naidenov, a parliamentarian for another faction that makes up the opposition, the Radical Citizens’ Union, asked himself: “Will this half sanction be beneficial to the Vice President for her allegation tomorrow? Will the trial change?
In regards to Fernandez’s allegations of joining this Friday, when accusing her of allegations of corruption in awarding public works contracts during her term (2007-2015).
Describing the project as “tangled,” Naidenov said it was in response to the vice president’s “whims,” and called for the project’s return to commission.
Meanwhile, Jose Mayans, head of the Frente de Todos Interblock, emphasized the need for a “reliable” judiciary.
“The judiciary is highly questioned and needs to be credible, but there is a problem. The courts feel like a superior power. We cannot continue with this whimsical game,” said the Mayan in the room.
Fearing that abstention would reduce voter turnout, the ruling party did not allow abstentions and could only vote against or for.
Once the project is partially approved by the Senate, it will be debated by the House of Representatives for final approval and translated into law.