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The replacement in the Argentine embassy in Venezuela unleashed a diplomatic scandal

The new Argentine ambassador to Venezuela, Oscar Laborde, met this Monday with Nicholas Maduro for present your credentials of the Government of Alberto Fernandez.

The Kirchnerist leader arrived in Caracas a few days ago and presents himself with a new dialogue profile with all the political actors. Will look for a commercial profile and will evoke, together with the Venezuelan president, the San Martín-Bolívar hug.

Laborde, who until recently was the vice president of the Mercosur Parliament (Parlasur), maintains a discreet profile. But his arrival in Venezuela, just a few days ago, took place between a resounding scandal due to the resistance of the until now chargé d’affaires in Caracas, the career diplomat Eduardo Porrettito leave without protagonism.

Furthermore, an unprecedented series of posts on social networks and the publication of a journalistic article in an Argentine media by Porretti provoked a harsh claim from the Chavista Foreign Ministry to that of Argentina, and a strong local challenge to Porretti, that he has to return to Buenos Aires, for now without a destination. She spent more than six years abroad on a mission abroad.

The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, received the new Alberto Fernández, the now ambassador in Caracas, Oscar Laborde

Although Porretti’s most melancholic posts about his departure from Venezuela, with his sheepdog named Burek, disconcerted but did not bother, it was his last writings, contrary even to his affection for the fate he is leaving, which generated a reprimand.

Last week he inaugurated a bust of Jorge Luis Borges in a Caracas park, which was disconcerting but did not generate a stir but rather comments. Then she uploaded to You Tube a video with the entire performance of him in Venezuela, critical and favorable journalistic articles and the song “Where the streets have no name”, by U2

And then he published a farewell letter with a “Thank you Venezuela” which led to the annoying call from Vice Foreign Minister Rander Peña Ramirez to his counterpart from Argentina, Pablo Tettamanti.

In the letter, Porretti wrote about the ordeal he would have suffered there in these six years, which surprised his Latin American colleagues because he was always delighted with Chavismo, beyond the fact that he has also met with opposition leaders such as Juan Guaidó.

With a “Thank you Venezuela!” she said she told that it had happened there “Extremely difficult moments, in which physical security has been repeatedly put in danger. For years we did not have (we still do not have) drinking water (it would be in the embassy), nor with the provision of some medicines, nor with permanent electricity – and sometimes – with food”. Then he deleted it.

In Latin American diplomacy there is no tradition that diplomats post their lives with their names and surnames, and characters are created on behalf of the State, as those from the United States and Europe do, for example. Furthermore, they are prohibited and many diplomats resort to false accounts to follow the networks.

Porretti is a particular case in politics. He arrived in Caracas protected by the government of Cristina Kirchner, at the end of that administration. A very sensitive place for Kirchnerism when Carlos Cheppi was ambassador, linked to the former Minister of Planning, Julio De Vido.

Porretti soon knew how to win the sympathy of the macrismo, where his good contacts in the Casa Rosada earned him a promotion in the career to ambassador although in the diplomatic headquarters he always held the position of charge d’affaires, because the government of Mauricio Macri eliminated the figure of ambassador by degrading the diplomatic link with Chavismo. His Latin American and European colleagues said that he has been alternately critical of Kirchnerism and Macrismo. But his reports on the situation were highly appreciated.

After two years without an ambassador, Alberto Fernández now decided to “normalize” the relationship and that is why he sent Laborde. Porretti -a rare bird also because of his more intellectual and writerly profile- found out about it through the newspapers of the replacement because nobody warned him. He began the long farewell to him, ending scandalously. One version even says that three days after Laborde arrived at the residence in Caracas, they asked him to find a hotel. Likewise, in Clarín’s consultation, the protagonists deny it. But Porretti is no longer at the Argentine headquarters.

Porretti in Caracas is equally protected by diplomatic law because until he receives the order to return – a cable from Minister Santiago Cafiero or Vice Foreign Minister Tettamanti – he does not have to return, although his desire to stay is still curious in personal and professional terms. .

That order has not yet reached him, a similar case of delays that occurred with Sergio Urribarri in Israel. Once he arrives, he has 45 days to do it and collect the almost 50,000 dollars that correspond to him for moving. The curious thing about the functioning of the bureaucracy in Argentina is that it has been known for months that Laborde was going to be the ambassador and weeks ago his appointment was confirmed by presidential decree. The Argentine State, contrary to what others do to save unnecessary expenses, today is maintaining, in dollars, two officials in Venezuela. It is not the first time it happens.