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Macri in an hour long speech blasts his predecessor and in the other half tries to inject optimism

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 - 07:15 UTC
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In a one hour speech before the Argentine congress, president Mauricio Macri spent half the time describing the country he received and in the other half made some announcements, but above all tried to transmit optimism, willingness to overcome, and insisted in the three pillars of his electoral pledge, eliminating poverty, combating drug-trafficking and unity among all Argentines. Read full article

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  • Mendoza Canadian

    And so he should...this is what the former spy had to say about cfk and the Nisman case: ”The author of all the madness, was that woman, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, (Carlos) Zannini and Anibal Fernandez, who was the media part, all the rest were monkeys danced their music She made a speech and the others. they gave the framework. ”

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 10:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alejomartinez

    Not surprisingly Mercopress fails to mention Macri's renewed commitment in the Malvinas case. DIALOGUE DOES NOT MEAN GIVING UP ARGENTINA'S CLAIM ON MALVINAS SOVEREIGNTY. And that he mentioned after referring to his meeting with UK PM Cameron. Clear now? Sorry Mercopress, we understand y0u must be sad. But truth will always prevail

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 10:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • KikeUshuaia

    @2

    What do you mean “...Not surprisingly Mercopress...”? Very presumptuous. Mercopress even mentioned the subject in a separate article:

    http://en.mercopress.com/2016/03/02/macri-reaffirmed-malvinas-sovereignty-claim-despite-mature-and-sensible-relations-with-all-countries?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    @2 You island assholes never give it a break do you. Injecting your shitty wind swept island into every conversation.

    Fat max didn't even attend the opening ceremony and the rest of the K scum tried their hardest to turn it into a negative pissing match.

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 11:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • axel arg

    THE INCOHERENCE TEAM.
    Since the new government took office, Macri's team repeats that the country neather grows, nor creates jobs since 4 years ago, however, most of the measures he has taken, just can take the nation to a ressession, (40% of devaluation, elimination of subsides, massive dismissalls in different statal entities etc), beside, if he wants to solve the conflict with the vultures the soonest possible, even under shameful consessions, is because his true purpose, is to return to the cycle of foreign debt, which damaged our future in many opportunities.
    On the other hand, his critics in relation to the our deficit is really hypocritical, because when his party rulled Buenos Aires City, they did it with deficit in most of the years, except in 2010, it's pretty obvious that what he's doing is to use the actual situation of the public counts,to justify the regressive measures he took, it's well known that conservatives don't know how to rule a nation, without making hard cuts, in fact, along Macri's administration as a chief of government in Buenos Aires, he diminished the budgets for public education and health, but increased the subsides for private schools, beside, he did so little to improve the precarious condition of many poor towns, which shows clearly that he's actualy the president of those people who don't need of the state, anyway i hope he complies with his promesses in relation to the elimination of iva for poor people, and the universalization of the childhood allowance.
    It's more than obvious that a government always has hard challenges, in fact, in Argentina, beyond the achievements that workers, and all the rest of our society could get, we still have a mountain of serious problems (poverty, indigence, insecurity, unequality, etc), that's why, if what Macri says was true, respecting the lack of jobs since 4 years ago, f. p. v. would get no more than 35% of the votes in the ballotage, and Macri's triumph wouldn't have been so short.

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 02:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Concessions? Paying your bills is shameful? You lazy assed values lacking peronista's should rid of once and for all. All Juan ever did was remove work ethics and values from people.

    Yeah axel grase, paying back the contract of the money you, YOU fucking borrowed is shameful, like working for a living is shameful.

    Maybe Macri should lie about everything and it will be like old times?

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 07:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pontefractious

    The Argentine claim to the Falklands is a basic tenet which no Argentine president can disavow. This is not just something that the Kirchners invented which can be reversed in due course. This is something that has been drummed into the head of every Argentine from kindergarten onward. There are lots of things a president can do to put Argentina back together again but a public retraction of the Falkland Islands claim is not one of them. So, Macri is playing it cool. He tells the Argentine people from time to time that it is an important issue and then he does nothing about it. That for the time being is the best we can expect. In the meantime he continues to walk the tightrope, trying to wean the country off social programs it cannot possibly afford while at the same time laying the foundations of a strong economy led by business. He has made some significant progress, especially settling with the hold-out creditors, but he has a long way to go and there are plenty of people who have grown used to profiting from corrumption and state handouts and resent the changes being made. Of course, Argentina still has tremendous potential, but internationally economic conditions, including falling commodity prices, are not helping and the drug crisis is a serious distraction.

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 07:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero 601

    Aguante Mauricio !!!

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    #7 exactly correct. Macri's a business man and realistically there is nothing there to want....no oil, not large enough for trade.....what maybe fish? The GDP is not even 200mm. Macri is happy to leave them be and toss his dogs an occasional bone. One there economy starts turning around the Falklands will start fading into history.

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 08:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    I love how upset Axel gets.

    The most fitting punishment I can imagine is for him to live under a Macri presidency.

    Mar 02nd, 2016 - 09:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Don Alberto

    Super idiot axel arg writes a lot of dog kaka in # 5, but the facts are:

    Argentina registered US$ 3 030 000 000 trade deficit [Super idiot a. arg special: a deficit means that Argentina exported for less than it bought abroad] in 2015 where the liars from INDEC has reported a surplus of US$ 1 800 000 000. The result is US$ 4 830 000 000 LESS than the INDEC/CFK lies.

    INDEC 2013:
    Argentina had a surplus of only US$ 1.5 billion in 2013, as opposed to the US$ 8.0 billion initially reported by INDEC. That is US$ 6.5 billion LESS than the INDEC/CFK lies.

    INDEC 2014:
    Argentina had a surplus of only US$ 3.1 billion in 2014, compared to US$ 6.6 billion previously reported by INDEC. That is US$ 3.5 billion LESS than the INDEC/CFK lies.

    http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/209081/surplus-no-more-argentina-registers-usb-trade-deficit

    2014.03.30: Argentina cuts gas and water subsidies in latest move to curb soaring deficit. March 2014 was 9 months before Macri became president, in 2014 the presidenta was Bipolara.
    http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/209081/surplus-no-more-argentina-registers-usb-trade-deficit

    Mar 03rd, 2016 - 01:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • axel arg

    CAPTAIN.
    When i refer to shameful concessions, i mean the stupid decision of paying much more to a few speculators, than what was paid to all the rest of the holders, i explained it in many opportunities, but it's looks like you don't want to understand.
    DON ALBERTO:
    It would be better if you take some tilo tea before talking about my comments, you'll realise you don't need to insult me. If you read my comment AGAIN, you'll see that i didn't deny our deficit, i just refered to Macri's hypocritical lecture.
    SKIP:
    You are right, i'm really upset, and if you lived here, you would see also how upset are Macri's voters.

    Mar 03rd, 2016 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero 601

    @ 11 @ 12

    Yes we can !! como dice el Martin Fierro ? :-)

    Mar 03rd, 2016 - 03:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Just so that I understand you axel:

    ABC signs a contract to borrow $xx dollars from XYZ

    ABC takes the $xx dollars from XYZ

    ABC later claims ( and rightly so via poor management) to be financially distressed and ultimately says fuck off to and refused to pay it back

    XYZ sells the contract to MNO who now own the contract of debt

    ABC is pressured and agrees pay pay some of the debtors back at a significantly lower price even though they are no obligated to do so.

    MNO sues for legal payment due and wins

    Now, you are telling me that ABC (Argentina) should not pay what they legally and morally owe? What values were you raised with? You truly lack accountability and responsibility don't you? MAcri is only trying to do what is legally and morally right, something that is totally lacking with Peronisitas and Kirchneristas. You know the difference between peronistitas and kirchneristas? One is a lazy group the other is lazy and criminal. Which are you?

    Mar 03rd, 2016 - 03:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pontefractious

    @ 12 - Axel - no, I think we understand. You are a member of that class of Argentines who are happy that Argentina's reputation as a nation of cheats and swindlers should endure. Macri, it appears, is not. The fact that he had to pay 75% of face value to expunge this debt is not his fault. It is primarily the fault of the incompetent Argentines who originally restructured the debt and failed at the time to mop up the hold out debt at the substantial discount which was available at the time. There is nothing shameful in Macri's action. To the contrary, he should be admired for managing to obtain the terms and conditions he did notwithstanding the ludicrous mess created by the Kirchnerites. They were dishonest in suggesting that their tactics were ever going to work. You are being dishonest in continuing to give credence to that lie. You call Macri shameless. I would suggest you not use words you clearly do not understand.
    Macri looks like an honest Argentine. I do hope he's not the only one.

    Mar 03rd, 2016 - 04:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    I can assure you that there are many more just like him. Just look at all the past elections with anti kirchner votes. He just needs to keep this momentum going.

    Mar 03rd, 2016 - 06:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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