The Argentine man with the “saw” wants to rule a large territory using emergency law. It is questionable whether Parliament will participate.
The man with the shaggy hairdo and chainsaw promised on the campaign trail that he wanted to see the country separate. No stone will be left unturned. However, Javier Miley was elected President of Argentina. He has now submitted a bill to Congress in which he wants to declare a state of emergency by the end of 2025. It should be possible to extend this until the end of his term.
This approach is not surprising because it is consistent with Miley's declarations, as political scientist and Latin America expert Wolf Grabendorf points out. However, the constitutionality of this project is questionable.
Emergency law for almost everything?
The law Miley relied on was created with an emphasis on emergencies such as disasters. It is highly questionable whether the omnibus legislation now introduced with some 700 individual measures will be upheld by the court.
The protests erupted last week when the hard-line liberal president issued a decree abolishing some laws. In addition to increasing the president's powers, the latest reform package also provides for restrictions on demonstrations. In addition to electoral reform, tax changes and executive powers to privatize public companies.
An imminent ban on gatherings
Expert Grabendorf is particularly critical of the planned restrictions on freedom of demonstration. In the future, gatherings of more than three people must be registered, and obstructing traffic could result in prison sentences of up to three years. However, unions, powerful in Argentina, halted the demonstrations, also fearing military clashes in the streets.
Argentina is suffering from a serious economic crisis. The inflation rate exceeds 160 percent. 40 percent of the once rich country's population lives below the poverty line.
Miley's chances are fairly slim
According to Grabendorf, the chances of winning the national conference and approving the emergency law package are relatively slim. Only about 20% of representatives in the House of Representatives, and only one in ten members of the Senate, support Miley. Congress has always approved emergency decrees issued by previous presidents, but they have never been broad.
Grabendorf said the protests of the past few days show that polarization has become worse: “The democratic rules are at least in question, and many in the country do not expect a good ending.” A general strike has now been announced for January 24.
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