Argentina's ruling coalition, Frente de Todos, has concluded the investigative and accusation phase against four members of the country's Supreme Court. The political trial against justices Horacio Rosatti, Carlos Rosenkrantz, Juan Carlos Maqueda, and Ricardo Lorenzetti has formalized charges of misconduct. To proceed with the impeachment, the ruling coalition would require a two-thirds majority in the legislative chamber, a milestone that seems unlikely due to opposition from Juntos por el Cambio and La Libertad Avanza parties.
Impeachment Process: A Year-Long Endeavor
Over the course of nearly a year, the Frente de Todos utilized its majority in the Impeachment Committee to gather evidence and interview more than 60 witnesses against the justices. The deadline for signing the report, which finalizes the charges, was strategically extended to avoid impacting the electoral campaign of the ruling party's candidate, Sergio Massa. The signing took place just three days before a runoff election, a move designed to minimize any potential negative effects on Massa's candidacy.
Charges Against the Justices
Out of the initial 14 causes, only four remained as concrete charges against the justices. These include a ruling favoring the Buenos Aires city government on tax revenue sharing, a decision on the composition of the Judiciary Council, a 2017 resolution endorsing the controversial '2x1' law for crimes against humanity, and alleged irregularities in the administration of the Judiciary's social welfare system.
Trial Criticized as 'Media Circus'
The opposition parties have criticized the trial as a 'media circus,' aimed more at discrediting the Supreme Court than addressing actual misconduct. However, the ruling coalition maintains the seriousness of the charges, arguing that they reveal significant misconduct on the part of the justices. As the trial progresses, the world watches closely to see if the ruling coalition can secure the necessary votes for impeachment or if opposition parties will be successful in halting the process.