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Third ranked Massa will not vote for continuity, and Scioli “must prove he's not on the Kirchner leash”

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 - 06:41 UTC
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Following Sunday's 'technical draw' between incumbent Scioli, 36.8% and conservative Macri, 34.3%, Massa has become the leader to seduce. Following Sunday's 'technical draw' between incumbent Scioli, 36.8% and conservative Macri, 34.3%, Massa has become the leader to seduce.
The former cabinet chief who broke with the Kirchners in 2009, said that “as long as Scioli is not the leader of his political force, he won't be able to rule” The former cabinet chief who broke with the Kirchners in 2009, said that “as long as Scioli is not the leader of his political force, he won't be able to rule”
Left Front Nicolás del Caño fourth with 3.3% of the vote, anticipated he would ask his followers to vote blank Left Front Nicolás del Caño fourth with 3.3% of the vote, anticipated he would ask his followers to vote blank
Progressive candidate Margarita Stolbizer (2.54%) said she would not support continuity and underlined that Scioli represents 'continuity of this government'. Progressive candidate Margarita Stolbizer (2.54%) said she would not support continuity and underlined that Scioli represents 'continuity of this government'.
“I believe this is the end of an era, because it's the end of leaderships protected by a feudal logic”, commented Massa in reference to the Kirchner couple. “I believe this is the end of an era, because it's the end of leaderships protected by a feudal logic”, commented Massa in reference to the Kirchner couple.

“The Argentine people on Sunday said they don't want continuity” commented third ranked Sergio Massa who obtained 21.34% of ballots and is bound to become kingmaker in the 22 November runoff between Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macri. Whoever wins will be putting an end to twelve years of Kirchnerism which on Sunday received an unexpected and surprising trashing.

 Massa, a dissident Peronist leader of A New Alternative, UNA informed that together with his group they were finishing a set of conditions, 'programmatic proposal' to be publicly revealed on Wednesday directed to the two runoff candidates. However he refused to say which candidate he was planning to support.

Following Sunday's 'technical draw' between incumbent Scioli, 36.8% and conservative Macri, 34.3% (polls were anticipating a ten-point difference for Scioli), Massa has become the leader to politically woo and seduce.

The former cabinet chief who broke with the Kirchners in 2009, shocked the incumbent Peronist chiefs when he said that “as long as Scioli is not the leader of his political force, he won't be able to rule over nothing”.

”He must cease being a staff member of (president) Cristina Fernandez“ underlined Massa. Scioli in effect was handpicked by CFK to be the incumbent candidate.

”Scioli must have the guts to get Kirchnerism off his back; however I don't believe that who has arrived to a position with an obedience dynamics can change...if you behave as a carpet, don't complain if they tread on you“, added Massa.

Following Sunday's vote both Scioli and Macri advanced some of their future policies which coincided with those of dissident Massa such as full combat against the drug trade; insecurity; increasing old age pensions and minimizing levies on salaries. According to reliable reports both groups are involved in discussions with UNA members.

Massa also had some 'compliments' for the incumbent candidate for governor of the Buenos Aires province, the largest and most influential electoral district in Argentina, Anibal Fernandez who is currently cabinet chief.

”He was an Herminio Iglesias XXI century coffin version“ said Massa recalling the Peronist presidential hopeful of 1983 who on the last gigantic rally before Election Day, he set a coffin on fire wrapped with the flag of the main Radical opposition party and thus lost control of the Buenos Aires province.

Massa said he was ”very happy and grateful to the over 5.2 million Argentines who trusted us“ and recalled that UNA won in over 200 municipalities in the country, and have managed to ”make up one of the leading blocks in Congress“.

However, ”I'm not the boss of the votes and to believe so would be arrogant, because people know very well how to choose each time“ and more specifically recalled that in 2013 ”I was supported by 45% of votes in the Buenos Aires province, and now for president I only managed 25%; people saw me more apt for one post than for another, but what I can emphasize is that on Sunday people said no to continuity“.

”The big winners are the people, the voters who broke the fear chains that had been set up and voted freely“, he insisted and made a point of congratulating Maria Eugenia Vidal on her governorship victory in Buenos Aires province: ”it's most significant because it was only after the dictatorship (1983) that Peronism did not win this province“.

”I believe this is the end of an era, because it's the end of leaderships protected by a feudal logic”.

Regarding the other presidential candidates, Nicolás del Caño from the Left Front who was fourth with 3.3% of the vote, anticipated he would ask his followers to vote blank, while Progressive candidate Margarita Stolbizer (2.54%) also said she would not support continuity.

“My congratulations to the winners and to all those celebrating the overwhelming wish for change”, said Stolbizer, who personally admitted she would not vote for incumbent Scioli, “since he clearly represents continuity of this government”. However it's up to the group to decide what to vote on 22 November.

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  • falklandlad

    The emerging and challenging shakeup. Out with the old and in with the new!

    Oct 28th, 2015 - 10:13 am 0
  • Conqueror

    Is it possible that argies are going to finally wake, and grow, up? No-one owes argieland a living or anything else. Argies aren't “special”. For the ones that think they can get by without the rest of the world, go ahead and try. But not needing anyone is all-encompassing. It means there needs to be NIL interaction between argieland and anyone else. Equally, for a grown-up country, there are some things it just can't have. For instance, Britain might like a large part of France back. And most of the United States. And Australia. And New Zealand. But times have changed and we can't have them. So argieland can't have the Falkland Islands. Because the longest argies have ever been there is 74 days. And they got kicked off by the real owners.

    Stick with “no continuity” and go on from there.

    Oct 28th, 2015 - 10:51 am 0
  • ChrisR

    “However he refused to say which candidate he was planning to support.”

    Clearly not had any envelopes stuffed with dollars, YET.

    I hope that the Argentines manage to rid themselves of the despicable argies who have infested the halls of power for far too long.

    However, it could be Maximmus Prattus and his resurrected La Camping It Up at the next election if TMBOA is persuaded (hopefully by a 0.22 rf lr behind the ear) not to stand.

    Oct 28th, 2015 - 11:04 am 0
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