A trade union-organized march in Buenos Aires descended into violence Thursday, with thousands of protesters clashing with police as they demanded lawmakers reject a controversial pension reform plan. Riot police used water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators, who threw stones and burned barricades made of rubbish outside the doors of Argentina's congress.
Argentina's ruling coalition headed by president Mauricio Macri managed better than expected overall results in Sunday's national mandatory and simultaneous primaries to choose candidates for the midterm elections of 22 October.
On Sunday Argentines will be able to choose their candidates to the Senate and Lower House for the midterm October elections, in a process known as PASO, which means open mandatory, simultaneous primaries for all parties, but which are not compulsory for the electoral roll.
Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will top the Citizen Unit's Senate ticket in the province of Buenos Aires for the upcoming primary PASO elections on August 13, alongside her former Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, it was announced.
Argentina's Lower House Foreign Affairs committee formally constituted the All parties Parliamentary Observatory on the Malvinas Question, claiming congressional participation in all bilateral agreements with the UK referred to Falklands/Malvinas resources and underlining that there is no such thing as a third leg, Falklands residents in negotiations with the UK.
discuss hydrocarbon and fisheries issues in the South Atlantic with the UK, following on the road map agreed last September in the joint statement. These issues were described as fundamental and will be discussed in the Argentine congress, but others such as trade and navigation, do not need to be consulted with the legislative branch.
The chair of the Argentina's Lower House foreign affairs committee, Elisa Carrió said she maintains an excellent relation with the national government and warned she does not wish to be involved in any sort of internal dispute.
A leading ally of President Mauricio Macri's precarious coalition in Congress and chair of the Lower House Foreign Affairs committee, held another special session to address the September UK/Argentina Joint Statement, which she argues is not an accord or treaty, but nevertheless strongly questions the South Atlantic chapter which calls for lifting economic sanctions on Falklands' trade, fisheries, connectivity and oil development.
Argentine ex president Cristina Fernandez strongly defended her mother Ofelia Wilhelm who has been accused by the federal justice of fraud and pointed to president Mauricio Macri for the official investigation warning that no matter how many cases are dumped on me, the fact is people don't make enough money to reach the end of the month.
The chair of Argentina's Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee Elisa Carrió has supported president Mauricio Macri's nonnegotiable stance on the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty dispute and attributed the Argentina/UK joint statement controversy to minor questions of communication, nevertheless she summoned deputy foreign minister Carlos Foradori to Congress next Wednesday.