Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has revived the idea that Buenos Aires should no longer be the country’s capital, moving the post to another city to reduce the stark inequalities in regional development.
“Every day I wonder if the capital of Argentina should be in a different place from Buenos Aires, in order to generate a capital in any country,” the president said at an event in the city of Monteros. North Tucuman Province.
“Isn’t it time for us to accept these challenges and think about doing it as a society? Fernandez added during a cabinet meeting under an “alternative capitals” program, which he has since held in executive meetings outside Buenos Aires early in his term.
It is not the first time that the idea of moving the capital from Buenos Aires to another city has arisen. In 2014, opposition deputy Alberto Acef introduced a bill to move the seat of the executive from the province of Córdoba to Rio Cuerto, as well as the national parliament and general audit to the province of Santa F.
A few months ago, the president of the Chamber of Deputies at the time, Julian Dominguez in power – now Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries – proposed to move the capital to Santiago del Estero.
But, without a doubt, the most talked about initiative dates back to 1986, when the then President, Ral Alfonsín, promoted a project for the decentralization of political and economic power, which called for moving the capital to the city from Vidma (about 800 km from Buenos Aires). Tried. Initiative that has not advanced.
“A Just Argentina”
According to Alberto Fernández, for his government, “federalism” is not “a speech”, but “a call for the integral development of Argentina”.
“And we also know that there are inequalities. It is clear that the countryside in the center of the country has wealth that allows us to export everything we export and to produce everything we produce. , but in the rest of the country there are other funds that should give us the necessary impetus for each province and each place to become a strong part of Argentina, that is, federalism, to think Argentina as a whole,” he said.
The Peronist president said that with his “alternative capitals” program he had already promoted the idea of ”leaving Buenos Aires, going and listening, going and seeing”.
“First of all, what we have to achieve is to put in the mind of every Argentine that we can make Argentina a fairer, more balanced, more equitable Argentina, that we do not condemn inequality in which we live today, that we can reverse the situation and it is up to us to decide,” he insisted.