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Argentina's Sunday primaries, a first test for President Macri's reelection aspiration

Friday, August 9th 2019 - 10:59 UTC
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Argentina’s election primary on Sunday will determine President Mauricio Macri’s chances of winning a second term in October, with the country’s embattled peso currency expected to take a fresh beating next week if the business-friendly does not accomplish as expected. Read full article


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  • Enrique Massot

    The last, hopeful paragraph gives up the opinion content inserted in an apparently reporting story.

    “ 2015, presidential hopeful Macri...was finally victorious...with Argentines fed up with populism, recession and corruption.”

    Beg your pardon...Populism and recession?

    It is true that under Kirchnerist governments many problems remained...however, Argentina's GDP numbers have been in the red part of 2016, 2018, the economy continued to shrink in 2019, and is expected to still contract in 2020 as per IMF forecast.

    Corruption? Well. The jury is still out on most legal proceedings against a number of former Kirchnerist government officials including former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

    In almost four years of Macrist government, prosecutors and judges have failed to find the smoking gun besides the famous bags of Lopez, in spite of multiple search warrants that included the use of bulldozers to excavate in several places in Patagonia looking for a booty. Searches abroad turned out nothing beside some Macri offshore accounts found in the process. Meanwhile, numerous procedural irregularities are threatening to throw out of court many of the prosecutions. For example, defense lawyers have questioned that all prosecutions against Cristina have been assigned to one single judge -- Claudio Bonadio -- in spite of the use of a computer software that randomly assigns cases to a slate of judges.

    The above story did include some approximately factual information:

    ”Macri (promised) a new era of sustainable growth (but) the economy is shrinking while 55% inflation makes it harder for poor families to feed themselves.”

    This is what the poor, middle-class Argentines and even some well-off entrepreneurs who had to close shop or are about to do it are going to consider when voting this Sunday.

    Aug 09th, 2019 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse -2

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