The Argentine libertarian political party, La Libertad Avanza (LLA), is currently weathering a storm of internal disruptions and rapid changes in key positions. These alterations are not only reshuffling the party's structure but also revealing potential frailties in its foundation.
Swift Changes in Key Positions
Carolina Piaro's fleeting tenure at ANSeS was abruptly cut short as Osvaldo Giordano stepped into the role. This prompt changeover within the party has raised questions about the stability of the party's structure and decision-making mechanisms.
Internal Disruptions within the Senate
Similar issues plague the LLA in the Senate, where Bartolomé Abdala, initially elected as the president of the LLA Senate bloc, was replaced within 24 hours by Ezequiel Atauche. This abrupt shift was spurred by an internal disagreement involving Ivanna Arrascaeta, further highlighting the brewing discord within the party.
Challenges Ahead for LLA
As the LLA, with only seven votes, gears up for the election of the provisional president of the Senate, the cracks in its structure could prove to be a significant hurdle. This role, part of the presidential succession line, requires strong leadership and wide support. Both Abdala and Atauche will need to rally support from other parties, including the PRO and UCR, along with eight senators from provincial forces, to secure the 30 additional votes needed.
The candidates for the provisional presidency include Francisco Paoltroni from Formosa and an unnamed senator from La Rioja. However, Paoltroni's candidacy is complicated by the influence of José Mayans, another senator from Formosa, who leads the Unión por la Patria bloc and could potentially derail Paoltroni's ambitions.
The LLA now faces a crucial decision: whether to support the candidate from La Rioja or risk opposition from Unión por la Patria that could impose their choice for the provisional president of the Senate. This scenario paints a complex picture for the LLA, with its internal disputes and rapid changes potentially undermining its position in these crucial elections.