Agustín Rossi is certain that Máximo Kirchner will preside over a unified Frente de Todos bloc in the lower house Chamber of Deputies during the next legislative term.
“I don’t have any doubts that he will be an excellent leader,” Rossi, who heads of the Kirchnerite Frente para la Victoria (FpV) caucus, said on Wednesday.
In an interview with Canal 26, the veteran Peronist leader said there was a “high level of agreement” among lawmakers that the son of former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner should lead the bloc.
Rossi predicted a possible unification of Peronist and Kirchnerite blocs, with consensus the name of the game.
“It’s very probable that the president of the Chamber will be Sergio Massa and that the president of the caucus will be from the most important bloc, which we are,” the lawmaker from Santa Fe said.
Sparks have flown between Rossi and Massa, a former Peronist dissident who has returned to the fold. Speculation has emerged that president-elect Alberto Fernández will remove Rossi from Congress by appointing him defence minister, a post he held under the final years of the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration.
The idea was reportedly discussed during a meeting Monday between the future president and vice-president at the latter’s apartment in Recoleta. Máximo Krichner, a La Cámpora leader, was also in attendance, according to Noticias Argentinas.
Other reports have suggested that Máximo would not just be in charge of the Frente de Todos bloc, he would also assume leadership of the Frente para la Victoria caucus, the largest official “interbloc” umbrella grouping that incorporates a number of other parties, including lawmakers from Partido Justicialista, Frente Renovador, Red for Argentina, Somos, Proyecto Sur, Patria Grande and Movimiento Evita.