Buenos Aires, Nov 9 - In a historic moment for the continent, 32 progressive leaders from 12 countries, including ex-presidents Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Jose Mujica (Uruguay) and Ernesto Samper (Colombia), will meet again on Saturday in this capital for the Puebla Group summit.
Born in that Mexican city a few months ago, the meeting takes force at a very significant stage for this southern region, with yesterday's release of former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva, a prisoner for a year and a half, and the return in Argentina of Peronism, from the hand of the newly elected President Alberto Fernandez.
Precisely the elected president, one of the promoters of this group along with Chilean Marco Enriquez Ominami, will be the main speaker of the meeting, based in the capital's Hotel Emperor, which is also attended by Bolivian Vice President Alvaro García Linera and Daniel Martinez, presidential candidate of the Uruguayan Frente Amplio.
The meeting will also be attended by former Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad and former Colombian presidential candidate Clara Lopez, among others.
Become a progressive mechanism very different from the Lima Group, whose representatives met yesterday in Brasilia, the Puebla Group fights for 'building a space for conversation,' according to the Chilean leader and one of its founders, Enriquez Ominami.
With the aim of consolidating a new axis 'to produce regional consensus,' the Buenos Aires meeting will have as its motto 'Change is progressivism.'
According to the program, working sessions will start after the opening ceremony, behind closed doors, although at several times of the day the guests will offer statements to the press.
The Puebla Group meeting will end this Sunday with the reading of a final document.