The nationalization of YPF, seized from Spain’s Repsol by Argentine president Cristina Fernandez is again a source of controversy following the disclosure by an investigative journalist that the Spanish oil corporation in 2003 helped finance the presidential election of Nestor Kirchner as well as the other candidate in the run-off, Carlos Menem.
“You were right, or at least that is what Argentines I come across in the street tell me”, said former Uruguayan president Jorge Batlle. In effect Batlle became world famous in 2002 for his phrase describing the River Plate neighbours: “Argentines are a bunch of crooks, from the first to the last, from A to Z”.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, CFK, won a landslide support Sunday at the unified simultaneous national primaries having collected more votes than the rest of the presidential candidates for next October 23.
Argentina will go to the polls Sunday for simultaneous direct primaries which are also a test to indicate if any of the presidential hopefuls has a real chance of challenging Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner re-election bid next October 23.
In spite of the latest defeats in the province of Santa Fe and in Buenos Aires City, President Cristina Fernandez, CFK, has sufficient vote intention to ensure her re-election in the first round October 23.
Argentina formally announced Monday dates for the general election that will take place next October 23, when voters will choose President, Vice President, half of the Lower House and Senators from eight of 24 provinces
Argentina’s presidential hopeful and former caretaker president Eduardo Duhalde warned that if the opposition doesn’t unite, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will defeat them next October 23 and be re-elected for a second four year mandate.
Argentine presidential pre-candidate Eduardo Duhalde , on the campaign trail, assured that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will decide not to seek re-election in June because ”she will realize that she has no chances of winning” in a second round.
Argentina’s main opposition group the so called “Federal Peronism”, dissidents from the ruling movement admitted going through a serious “crisis” because of the diverging opinions amongst its leaders, several of them 2011 presidential hopefuls.
Former economy minister José Martínez de Hoz, the economic brains behind the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, has been arrested and transferred to a clinic after an amnesty law was lifted, a court official has said.