Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner met with former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for an hour and a half at the Lula Institute in the São Paulo district of Ipiranga. Both political leaders discussed the situation of their countries and the region, according to a statement from the LI.
Cristina's delegation also featured Victory Front (FpV) deputies Diana Conti, Cristina Alvarez Rodriguez, Juliana Di Tullio and Teresita García and two mayors of districts within the province of Buenos Aires: Ariel Sujarchuk (Escobar) and Verónica Magario (La Matanza).
During the interview, the former Argentine president gave Lula Da Silva a photo of the alleged social leader Milagro Sala to whom the Kirchner administration was instrumental in the supply of national funds to build homes for the needy who then had to express their tankfulness to the Tupac Amaru social organization in the form of votes for the FpV candidates and mandatory participation in rallies. Failure to pay back could or being affiliated to a different political party could result in the loss of the property.
Sala is currently under preventive arrest pending trial for mishandling of funds and other crimes. Prosecutors maintain that if she is set free given her financial and paramilitary strength she might intimidate witnesses. In spite of that, international organizations such aas the United Nations and the Organization of American States have been lobbied into believing Sala is a mere victim and called for her release.
Cristina then met with former Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff at Casa de Portugal, also in São Paulo, where they offered a seminar open to the press on the advance of neoliberalism in Latin America.
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@ ThinkDec 11th, 2016 - 10:29 am +5
Actually there's only an established church in England, but you know perfectly well that the two countries are vastly different.
But VZ has just been suspended from Mercosur for not following the rules. Do you think this would have happened if CFK was still in charge?
Were CFK and Chavez ideological allies or not? Weren't both in favour of South American integration, anti-imperialism, and economic self-sufficiency? Didn't both draw their support from the lower classes, and have those groups like La Campora supporting them? And didn't they have some similar policies, such as nationalising certain companies, subsidies and price controls for some essential items, more social welfare, trade restrictions and currency controls?
@ DTDec 11th, 2016 - 11:14 am +5
I have to agree with Lightening regarding CFK's government. You were not around during the second term of CFK when she demonstrated a headless chicken approach to the economy. She was trying to run in six directions at once with no idea how to handle the meltdown cause by years of mismanagement. Having stolen all the available cash to prop up her vote-buying schemes she resorted to appointing Kicillof who told her what she wanted to hear but was equally useless. There is nothing to suggest she would have suddenly developed a realistic plan to pull the country back from the brink.
To judge Macri at this stage is grossly unfair. I am no particular fan - anyone who Dad-dances on the balcony of the Pink House is highly suspect - but he inherited a pariah country, numerous diplomatic fails, horrendous debts, virtually no reserves (CFK dipped into the countries reserves like it was her petty cash), massive underinvestment in infrastructure, failing schools, ….. the list is endless. And no accurate statistics to work with to tackle the problems. Imagine walking into a mess and finding it is actually ten time worse than you could have imagined and that is what he had to deal with.
Turning any economy around takes years, not months. To judge Macri's competence at this stage is impossible. Though I understand the impatience of the Argentine voters. They live in the now, like teenager, and never consider the future. Argentina is a nation of reckless, feckless teenage mentality. Understandable when they live in a constant bubble/burst economy but hopeless when trying to fix an economy.
CFK is standing in front of a table and that blends into her dress. Should have gone to Specsavers, ChrisR.Dec 10th, 2016 - 05:42 pm +3