President Alberto Fernandez referred today to the departure of Elena Highton de Nolasco of the Supreme Court of Justice and took the opportunity to launch a ironic message on the independence of the highest court. “If the government lost its ‘only vote’, whose four remaining votes are?”, Asked the President.
The president used his account Twitter this morning to question the voices that slid an alignment between the judge who decided to leave and its administration.
“I read the cover of today’s newspaper of the country’s main media and telecommunications company saying that ‘the Government loses its only vote in Court.’ I am shocked ”, Fernández began, who shared a photo from the cover of the newspaper Clarion. “If the Government lost its ‘only vote,’ whose four remaining votes are?” Together for Change.
Alberto Fernández’s message on Twitter about the Supreme Court
The President’s comment was immediately endorsed by the Vice President Cristina Kirchner, which echoed and retweeted the message. Her critical view on the functioning of the Judicial Power in Argentina is publicly known, since it is not the first time that the former president has questioned or launched comments on the subject. She considers that she and her family were “victims” of the lawfare, and accuses both the Justice and the former president Mauricio Macri of wanting to harm her in the legal plane.
Highton resigned Tuesday, at age 80, in the middle of a strong internal that is fought in the highest court, with a renewal of authorities. Few weeks ago Horacio Rosatti he was appointed the new president of the body.
The only female judge in the current composition of the highest court was over 75 years of age, a limit set by the National Constitution amended in 1994 to exercise the magistracy, but she continued in office thanks to a precautionary measure issued by the Administrative Litigation Justice Federal and consented by the government of Mauricio Macri.
“I have the pleasure of addressing the President of the Republic in order to present my resignation from the position of Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, with effect from November 1 of this year,” said the magistrate in a letter addressed to Alberto Fernández, dated September 30. That day the vote took place – of which she did not participate – in which Horacio Rosatti he was anointed as the new president of the highest court.
Highton de Nolasco was obfuscated by the procedure and by the decision of her colleagues to ignore her request for the vote to be postponed, given that her colleague and candidate for the presidency, Ricardo LorenzettiHe was participating in an international forum and had excused himself from intervening in the Extraordinary Agreement.
Until that day, the judge served as Vice President of the Court, a position from which she was displaced by her colleague Carlos Rosenkrantz.
The resignation of Elena Highton de Nolasco to the Supreme Court of Justice leaves a vacancy in the highest court and the name for her replacement will have to be chosen by President Alberto Fernández and approved by the Senate with a special majority that the ruling party, by the moment, it has not.
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