Thursday, June 1, 2023

For Melela, his sweeping victory is “very important for the national and popular sphere”

Tierra del Fuego’s governor, Gustavo Melela, who was re-elected in the first round in provincial elections last Sunday, called on Wednesday for an end to “the political rift that divides Argentina and serves no one”. and believed that even between leaders of apparently opposing positions “there are more coincidences than differences”.

The former leader of fundamentalism from the city of Rio Grande do Fúgion, later joining the ranks of Kirchnerism and later the Frente de Todos, won the election in his province with 51.26% of the vote, placing him in second place by more than 40 points. . PRO candidate Hector Stefani won 11% of the vote.

In full election celebration, Melela summarized his strategy and his concept of current Argentine politics: “We are from Forza (his own party), we are radical, Peronist, from the fugueño popular movement and independent. We are from the right and There are from the left, from above and from below. There are no cracks in Tierra del Fuego”, he insisted in his speech.

A few days after the victory, which made him the third re-elected governor in Fuegian history, and the second to achieve it in the first round, the president explained how he had managed to coax opposition leaders into his position, such as provincial Deputy Federico Sciurano, a hardline member of Together for Change and former president of Ushuaia, was at the front of the ruling party’s list.

“Transversality helped us a lot in the province. When one sees the common good and has genuine political intentions, one can calmly feel that there are more coincidences than differences,” he analyzed in an exclusive conversation with Tellam.

According to Melela, the rift “is fed by a purely speculative issue and electoral campaign,” but does not correspond to the projects and policies that each region promotes as solutions to provincial or national issues.

In a conversation with Telam, he insisted that the crackdown “which has caused so much damage to the country” must be ended. “It is true that there are different views about the country. I am situated within a progressive space of justice, inclusion and upward social mobility, in the national and popular sphere, which protects national industry and sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands and other islands in the South Atlantic and which understands that Argentina has a lot to offer. have something to offer the world, but none of that stops me from building with other places that think differently,” said the governor who was previously a two-time mayor of Rio Grande do Sul.

In his own army, Melela allied himself with the Movimiento Popular Fueguino, a party of conservative origins, from which his running mate, Mónica Urquiza, emerged, although he also added union leaders and environmentalists, and PJ leaders. , with whom he formed an electoral front that also made possible the re-election of the mayors of Ushuaia, Rio Grande’s Walter Vuoto, Martín Pérez (both from La Campora) and Tolhuín, Daniel Harrington (PJ).

“I insist that it is very important and necessary to end the issue of the Rift now, because it only divides Argentina and is not good for anyone”.

The governor also recognized that the sweeping victory in Tierra del Fuego, achieved in other provinces this weekend, is “of great importance to the national and popular sector.”

“It shows that the Frente de Todos has a strong regional construction and is very present in the needs of the people. It also confirms that Space can win the election. I think it is an impulse for the presidential election.” From that point of view, it is very positive,” he said.

With regard to the presidential candidate of the Frente de Todos, Melela stated that “we must look for the best candidate that emerges from the consensus.”

“My wish and my view, and I have been holding it for a long time, is to come out of the consensus of all references. The main leaders of the Frente de Todos are to meet and seek that person,” in Rio Grande do Sul. said the former director of the Salesian School.

In turn, he proposed “putting together a concrete electoral strategy for the presidential elections, while continuing to address issues on Argentina’s daily agenda”. In any case, I have no doubt that the candidate should emerge unanimously, whoever it is,” he reiterated.

Following the victory that allows him to rule the province until 2027, Gustavo Melela will be received at Casa Rosada by President Alberto Fernandez at 6:30 pm today.

In addition, he will also participate this afternoon in Buenos Aires at the headquarters of the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME) in the first joint meeting of the Governors of Patagonia where specific policies for SMEs in the region will be defined.

Also present at the event will be the Governor of Santa Cruz, Alicia Kirchner of Chubut, Mariano Arcioni of Rio Negro, Arabella Carreras and Omar Gutierrez of Neuquen.

In these national regions, Melela will premiere his scroll as president recently re-elected by a large majority and end his ideas of transversality and political protests that he has been active in since his entry into public service. have been

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