Under the new law, President Javier Miley will have broad powers to decide on issues that can currently only be regulated through Parliament.Image: Cornerstone
The new Argentine government of hard-line liberal President Javier Miley has submitted a bill to Congress calling for the declaration of a state of public and economic emergency until the end of 2025. The state of emergency should apply, among other things, in the areas of economy, finance, security, defence, health and social affairs, and can be extended for another two years. – That is, until the end of Millie's term – as stated in the submitted document. On Wednesday (local time).. This would give Miley broad powers to decide on issues that can currently only be regulated through Parliament.
The reform package, which includes 664 articles, also includes restrictions on demonstrations, far-reaching electoral reform, sweeping tax changes, and executive powers to privatize public companies. The government thus expresses its firm will “to begin immediately and by appropriate means the fight against the negative factors that threaten the freedom of Argentines,” the President's Office said on the X platform. It is unclear whether Miley will be able to implement his demands. His party, La Libertad Avanza (Advance Freedom), does not have a majority in parliament.
Last week, Miley signed a decree repealing several laws, which led to protests. On Wednesday, many people took to the streets again to protest. Local media reported that six people were arrested and a police officer was injured.
Argentina is suffering from a serious economic crisis. The inflation rate is more than 160 percent, and about 40 percent of the population of the once rich country lives below the poverty line. South America's second-largest economy suffers from a bloated state apparatus, low industrial productivity, and a huge shadow economy that deprives the country of much of its tax revenue. The national currency, the peso, continues to lose value against the US dollar, and the debt mountain is constantly growing. (DAP/EPA)
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