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Surprise in Argentina that Mujica should have said “Uruguayans don't go around bribing”

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 01:01 UTC
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Oscar Parrilli, the closest non family aid of Cristina Fernandez insisted that Argentines don't go around bribing   Oscar Parrilli, the closest non family aid of Cristina Fernandez insisted that Argentines don't go around bribing
Mujica addressing the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Tuesday where he was applauded several times Mujica addressing the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Tuesday where he was applauded several times

A top official from Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said that “Argentines do not bribe” and does not know why the Uruguayan leader Jose Mujica should have brought up that issue during his current visit to the United States.

 Speaking to a Buenos Aires radio, Oscar Parrilli, head of the Executive Legal Office and the closest non family advisor of President Cristina Fernandez was quoted on Wednesday saying “we neither go around bribing”, when asked by the repeated remarks of President Mujica in the US who said Uruguay was a decent country and “we don't go around bribing” investors and business people.

In his speech on Tuesday before 120 business people at the US Chamber of Commerce he insisted with the issue in different ways: “Uruguayans are friends of businessmen” but 'we don't sell them our souls nor do we buy their pockets“, adding that Uruguay offers 'tremendous guarantees' to investors.

”We're not very hard workers, so-so; we don't exhaust ourselves working, but we are not corrupt: we don't go around bribing the business people and investors that come to the country. We are a decent country, not because of my administration; our country and our political system are decent“.

However Parrilli when asked about Mujica's words seemed surprised and replied ”We neither (go around bribing)“ he replied and added ”I don't know why Mujica should have said that“.

Several members of Cristina Fernandez cabinet, current and past, as well as her vice-president, and very close family friends who are described as ”straw men” face serious corruption charges, despite the fact the president has a good 'influence' over magistrates in Argentina.

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  • Mr Ed

    What on Earth could have led an Argentine political hack to think that the President of the Eastern Band was talking about Argentina? Denying something that you haven't been accused of is a good pointer towards guilt.

    Perhaps the old Marxist scoundrel felt that he could talk as was at a safe distance from his dangerous neighbour (and the Falkland Islands).

    May 15th, 2014 - 01:31 am 0
  • Klingon

    It is like being on a crowded subway and someone cries out “watch your purse”! Then then bag snatcher automatically out themselves.

    May 15th, 2014 - 02:10 am 0
  • La Patria

    A lot of crap usually comes out of CFK's government's mouth but claiming they are not corrupt is the biggest load of s**t ever.......they must even laugh at that statement.

    It really is testament that they live on another planet or believe that everyone else is stupid enough to believe them. It shows that people can go “crazy” with power.

    May 15th, 2014 - 03:26 am 0
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