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Argentina: Macri shocks everyone by picking Peronist Pichetto for VP spot

Tuesday, June 11th 2019 - 20:47 UTC
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Macri's decision to pick Senator Pichetto for the vicepresidency has sparkled controversial comments across the nation. Macri's decision to pick Senator Pichetto for the vicepresidency has sparkled controversial comments across the nation.

Argentina's incumbent President Mauricio Macri has announced Tuesday he chose Senate Majority (and opposition) Leader Miguel Ángel Pichetto as his running mate for this year's elections.

Macri posted on his Twitter “we will need to build agreements with great generosity and patriotism where all Argentines who share these values contribute from their place [and] for all this I want to announce that Miguel Ángel Pichetto will accompany me as a candidate for Vice President.”

He described his unexpected associate as “a statesman, who through the difficult years of government I've come to know and respect for his commitment to the Homeland and its institutions,” as per his official Twitter account.

Pichetto, a Senator from the province of Río Negro, was heavily criticised for preventing the Upper House from stripping former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner -also a sitting Senator since 2017- from her parliamentary immunity so that she could be arrested in the corruption trials she is facing for alleged misdeeds during her eight years at the country's helm.

But despite that, Macri warned that “[w]e Argentines face a historic opportunity to consolidate our democracy.” He added that “in the next elections we will decide if we want to live in a republic or return to a populist authoritarianism.”

Macri has already been labelled a traitor by his 2015 pro-life voters since he pushed for abortion to be legalised last year. It would appear that the anti-Peronist portion of his supporters might also run away now the Peronist Pichetto is onboard and that he is banking on CFK's estimated ceiling of around 30/35 percent to remain in office after December 10.

In fact, CFK will run for the vicepresidency, behind her former Cabinet Chief Alberto Fernández. But her links to the Castrists in Cuba and the Chavists in Venezuela, in addition to Alberto's recent meeting with former Uruguayan President José Mujica, place the Fernández-Fernández ticket closer to the region's not so appealing left.

The president seemed undeterred Tuesday when he twitted “[w]e want a country where everyone can progress from their work. For that we need to integrate the world and look to the future. We want a democracy with pluralism, freedom of the press and defense of human rights. We want to fight crime within the law without false guarantees.”

Following the announcement, Pichetto resigned as opposition leader on the Senate, at the request of Senator José Mayans.

Macri's decision to pick Senator Pichetto for the vicepresidency has sparked controversial comments across the nation.

Antikirchnerites have demanded on social media that Judge Claudio Bonadio refiles his petition to the Senate to lift CFK's immunity.


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  • DemonTree

    Sure, some people love her - like you and Enrique - but there are lots who can't stand her. Why else would she have Alberto stand for president in her place? Unless you think it's the reason ZB suggested - that she'd have to resign from the senate to stand for president, giving up her immunity.

    Jun 12th, 2019 - 08:14 am +1
  • Tarquin Fin

    @DT: She just has a very leftist rethoric, which she has moderated recently. The young and unexperienced love her for the supposed ideals. Some grown ups love her because they found a place in which not to think or work. That's about it. Macri on the other hand, welll, who knows? Everybody supposedly hates him right now, but many of those haters will still vote him to keep Cristina out.
    Of course it is all about the stupid economy. If the USD price stays put, he might just as well get re-elected.
    Not much to choose from.

    Jun 12th, 2019 - 08:01 pm +1
  • DemonTree

    ROFL. Argentina gets crazier by the minute!

    Jun 11th, 2019 - 09:45 pm 0
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