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Macri names bankers and big business executives to his economic team

Thursday, November 26th 2015 - 07:09 UTC
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Argentina's president-elect Mauricio Macri has named US-educated bankers and big business executives to key posts in a cabinet he vows will revive the economy, officials and media reports said Wednesday. Budget and finance minister Alfonso Prat-Gay, 50, an economist trained at Pennsylvania University and former Wall Street banker, was announced by Macri's designated chief of staff Marcos Peña. Read full article


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  • Troy Tempest

    Sounds like he is putting together a talented and well qualified team.

    By contrast, the raving mad woman wants to run the Opposition - but the Peronists don't want her!!

    They just want to get down to business without the histrionics.

    Where is Scioli, I wonder?

    If he pushed her aside, wouldn't that stick in her craw !

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 08:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    If the Invisible Hand was untied, you would need no cabinet.

    Too bad the world fails to see this.

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 08:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Cretina in 2019?

    I could see that - just like a dog returning to his vomit.

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 08:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    3 Chronic

    I wonder if the Peronists would just wash their hands of her by then? She will only make everyone's life more difficult in the Opposition. By the time 2019'rolls around, those that have carried the Opposition will have ideas of their own and won't want to hand things to an unbalanced witch.

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 08:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @4 You make a good point there. They never really wanted her, she was foisted on them by Nestor and tolerated because he was telling her what to do. They had no option but to exploit the widow card for her second term. She has made a lot of enemies in the party.

    On the other hand, she is still worshipped by a lot of Argentines. It really depends how transparent Macri is about the corruption and mismanagement of her government that will dictate her future popularity.

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 09:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • georgeneurus

    troy tempest , macri is a crook prosseced by argentine law for different things: abuse of authority , illegal management of public sources, among others . and heis neolioberlal, right center, pro Israel and pro American international politics: a criminal who don't care shit bout argentina neither, comparing with the Ks he kis the worse and no the nation wont grow with these crooks, I wonder why you brits don't spend your dumb time talking bout things you know instead of saying a bunch of stupidties bout our political Sistema and the one in latin America.who said the peronist don't want her?? dumb and big!!!second none of them are peronist, another stupid way of call them, they are seudo peronist that means no one follow or apply peron politics in our states. bunch of tieves like in the tori.dont worry bout scioli , worry bout your own nation

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 11:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    @6 Georgeuranus You obviously have no idea whats going on here in Argentina.
    No more free choripans for you, you need to get a job and stop sucking my tax payments.

    You K klowns lost, so go away!

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 11:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    #6 Nostril, thats priceless! You are like a Chameleon, its your one redeeming feature, entertaining us all every day. Get back in your cell and take your medication. By the way this time you forgot to warn about EUans?

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 12:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jonaz_BsAs

    If there is a person who can save Argentina's economy from falling off the cliff, Alfonso Prat-Gay is the one. Boy, has he a steep hill to climb..

    Axel Kiciloff should be prosecuted for crimes against economic literacy; his tenure has been a kin to a doctor that rejects any correlation between smoking and lung cancer.

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Major

    At last a man with a brain putting together other people with brains that can kick start Argentina into recovery. Halleluiah it has only taken 70 odd years and a load of heartbreak.

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @6. No known or valid evidence. Confused with Scioli? As it happens, who gives a toss about argieland? Little criminal thieving perverts. Bet you're scared of going down. Will YOU be shot?

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Off to a good start.
    I really wish Macri well.
    I hope the KThugs don't ruin this...

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 06:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest








    Where are you guys???

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 11:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Aureliano

    I'm afraid of the Ks, i really hope they don't try to bring down our new government.
    I'll be on Capital City by December 10th, the day that Macri becomes the new president.
    I'm reading that the Ks are planning to march to Casa Rosada to prevent Macri from taking office at all cost. Thankfully, there is counter march against them the Ks and i'll be there.
    Let's just hope this doesn't end in a civil war.

    I cannot wait for the MBOA to be out of office.

    Nov 26th, 2015 - 11:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tarquin Fin

    @14 Aureliano

    I understand your feelings but I don't really think this will end up in a civil war. It'll be just a minor skirmish that will only accomplish to piss off whomever might be driving near downtown that day.

    @13 Troy

    I think they have fell under PTS. The popular project fallacy is over and they need time to grief and find some closure.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 12:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Aureliano

    I really hope so. They are truly dangerous and capable of anything at this point. They are the bad loser type that literally can't take and accept what happened this Sunday.
    Security and police better be on high alert during that day. Anyone trying to disrupt order should be detained immediately.

    If those rioters and scumbags try something, we will kick them out by force, we are more and we will multiply. They are the minority now after 12 years.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 12:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tarquin Fin


    I know a lot of “La Campora” boys. They are just violent with words. Those kids would never use a fire arm. They go out at night, drink, do blow and then have their moms serve them breakfast the morning after.

    The violents am concerned with are the narco supported groups like the football fan firms and some very radicalized union groups. Those are the ones that must be closely watched. These are the people that organize lootings and kill some of their own while at it so the blame goes to the administration they want to bring down.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 01:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Big business at the helm!
    But no need to worry, Argentine middle class.
    Indeed, those bankers and executives will suddenly forget their allegiances and begin sacrificing themselves for Argentina's future.
    Will be interesting to watch.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 01:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tarquin Fin

    @18 Enrique

    I know that previously I have called you names and event suggested you were on dope. Shame on me, I was just being silly and I have totally deposed that attitude since I sense you -just like me- would like to see Argentina rise to its full potential. I have lived abroad at times and I've also suffered from that exaggerated idealisation of one's place of origin.

    Let me be blunt, I have voted Macri, not only because I think he's a capable man (an engineer myself) but also because I strongly oppose those who scream out their guts defending the rights of the poor when the other way around is the truth: They depend on a large number of poor to stay in power.

    Do you have kids? Would you consider yourself to be a “cooler” dad just by handing them out candy or would you choose to transcend by teaching them how to get their own candy?

    I would know about it. I have a couple of intransigent teenagers who hate me 20 out of every 30 days a regular month has. But I must be making something well since they're still sticking around and haven't run off just yet.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 02:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    *thumbs* ... me too.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 05:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip


    Will you be publishing a retraction or apology if your predictions don't come true.

    Or are your predictions just too vague to be anything more than scaremongering?

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 07:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    18 Enrique

    Why the sarcasm and scaremongering, based on nothing?

    You are trying to undermine the integrity and professionalism of these men, and the faith of the people.

    Don't you want them to make progress and improve thing the lives of Argentines committed to working and raising their families there?
    Are you afraid of them succeeding? I suppose that would call into question your own ideology and your belief system of your entire adult life.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 07:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    “...sacrificing themselves for Argentina's future.”

    Yes , yes, I understand, just like you did. ;)

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 01:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Tarquin.....I like your analogy. I too raised 3 who are now productive adults. I always said that it is more important to be their teacher (parent) first and buddy second.

    I am happy you voted for him. I think he cares enough for all of Argentina and not just the poor, not to mention putting together a competent team. I also understand that he reached out to the Dutch to help design drainage to handle heavy rains and flooding.

    On another note, I was watching telenoche the other night and there was an expose on many people rummaging through dumps in BA provinces savaging for thrown out food. It was sad. The could easily resorted to crime but they did not. This is what Quequi's k government did for the poor.

    I wish Argentina and the people nothing but the best moving forward and through this change.

    Nov 27th, 2015 - 09:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zaphod102

    Old cabinet = Crooks, jailbirds and morons who never actually met as a cabinet + Barañao.

    New cabinet = Accomplished, intelligent, focused on improving Argentina + Barañao.

    K-response = “Barañao is a traitor!”, “CEOs!! shriek shriek”

    Clearly “CEO” is kryptonite to a Kirchnerite.

    Nov 30th, 2015 - 06:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Business people in charge of airlines, medical professionals in charge of healthcare, diplomats in foreign affairs.....competent people , what a novel concept. I wonder where tinman has flown off to?

    Nov 30th, 2015 - 10:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    ...and which airline he used?

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 02:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • georgeneurus

    7klingon, im not k dumb shit, second i always work here and oversea , third i pay taxes here and oversea, fourth you are a dumb dimwit ignorant as most of argentinians, you fuck chose again liberalism from the right, an imitation of menem, with cero tax imports,mno sindicalism, ,cerocience, cero education,,cero sovereingty, plus he and his cabinets are processed, many from his cabinet was working wit menem, go back to your hole and study, idiot

    Dec 02nd, 2015 - 10:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @26 Captain Poppy

    “I wonder where tinman has flown off to?”

    To see Elton John and find out where he got his outsize specs from?

    Dec 03rd, 2015 - 12:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
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  • Troy Tempest

    The only “pirates” are the so-called “Bolivarian Socialist Revolutionaries” who are plundering the working poor and middle classes of Arg., Brazil, and Venzla.

    Dec 03rd, 2015 - 09:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    #19 Tarquin Fin
    Well...I' m impressed and do appreciate the tone of your posting.
    Of course, I do believe most of those who take the time to read and comment about Argentina sincerely wish the best for the country and its population. The difference is in the means everyone believes are necessary to reach that higher destiny.
    A large-scale neoliberal project is going now to be applied in Argentina. The unknown is how fast, how deep, and how Argentines will respond to it. In any event, it will be interesting to watch.
    Of course, I'd be the first one to be happy if the Macri government were to prove me wrong and open an era of prosperity for all in Argentina.
    In any event, as I said before, the main thing is, a government ends, a new one starts, all with normalcy, after an uneventful election. In Argentina, this means a lot.
    You voted for Macri, that is all right.
    After Dec. 10 the conversation continues!

    Dec 04th, 2015 - 02:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    32 Enrique,

    I am glad to hear that you wish the country well under Macri's reforms and leadership.
    I don't know how you reconcile that with your next statement about the “normalcy” of the transition of one government to another.
    Is it “normal” and acceptable for the vacating administration to stonewall the elected President from reviewing government accounts and Ministries in the 3 weeks of transition.
    Is it normal to mysteriously clear out billions of $AR from the Federal Reserve to banks and unknown destinations in Patagonia or elsewhere? Is it normal to have more than one fire in government financial record server farms, and failed backups? Is it normal to award government contracts and jobs in the last few days of a government? Is it normal to run a publicly funded propaganda smear campaign against a Province that did not vote for you?

    Your idea of “normalcy” seems perverse, and very different from that of an honest thinker.

    Dec 04th, 2015 - 03:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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