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Argentine president takes heat for appointments by decree

Argentine president sharply criticized for Supreme Court appointments without Senate approval

Argentine president takes heat for appointments by decree

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentine President Mauricio Macri is coming under sharp criticism for appointing for two Supreme Court judges without approval by the Senate.

Macri was inaugurated just last week. Now he's invoked an article in the constitution that lets the president fill vacancies when Congress is not in session. Congress is currently out until March.

By law, appointments must be confirmed by the Senate, which is controlled by the party of former President Cristina Fernandez.

He named Horacio Rosatti and Carlos Rosenkrant to the court. They'll essentially serve for a year.

Sen. Julio Cobos of the Radical Civil Union party, which forms a part of Macri's coalition. He said Tuesday Macri should have instead called Congress into an extraordinary session.

Updated : 2021-09-18 16:59 GMT+08:00