The Government will hold extraordinary sessions in Congress next week to debate the appointment of new Supreme Court judges, military chiefs and ambassadors.
Local media revealed that the decision was made after a meeting was held this afternoon between Vice President Gabriela Michetti and provisional president of the senate, Federico Pinedo. The move is set to be made official later today.
One of the topics expected to be up for debate in commission is the government’s nominations to fill two vacancies in the Supreme Court, Horacio Rosatti and Carlos Rosenkrantz. President Macri originally designated the two by decree just a week after coming into office, but later backtracked amid fierce criticism and legal challenges.
The Congressional year formally opens on 1st March. The opposition has been critical of Macri’s liberal use of emergency decrees (DNUs) during the summer months, saying that he should summon Congress to deal with sensitive issues.
Some of the controversial decrees include the so-called ‘Public Security Emergency’, which was declared in order to combat complex and organised crime, and authorises the armed forces to shoot down any aircraft potentially posing a threat.
Macri also pushed through changes to the 2009 Media Law by decree, first placing The Federal Authority for Audiovisual Communication Service (AFSCA) media watchdog under control of the Communications Ministry and then dissolving it to create the National Authority for Communications (ENACOM).
The decision to call for extraordinary sessions comes just two days after a group of legislators split from the main opposition block, Frente para la Victoria, the party led by ex president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.