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Peronism is back in Argentina: Alberto Fernández assumes as President

Tuesday, December 10th 2019 - 11:30 UTC
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Peronism will return to power in Argentina from Tuesday. The political force will do it in the hands of the elected President, Alberto Fernández, who will go to the Casa Rosada, the presidential headquarters, at noon after presenting the oath in the Congress to the outgoing vice president, Gabriela Michetti Read full article

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  • pgerman

    Finally, only the Heads of State of Paraguay, Uruguay and Cuba (only three) will go to the assumption of the new Peronist president. As we say in Argentina, “they left him alone from the beginning” to Alberto Fernandez. They clearly know who he is and nobody wants to be “stuck” to that disastrous image that Peronist presidents always give.

    Dec 10th, 2019 - 01:21 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Enrique Massot

    Hey, German, lacked inspiration to make different comments under two different stories?

    Anyway. What an amazing first speech Alberto Fernandez delivered after being sworn in as Argentina president for the next four years. I know once faced with the task of governing not one makes the perfect decision all the time.

    However, the man looks well prepared for the task, with a seasoned acumen and moderation mixed with a young person's strong convictions.

    Today marks the beginning of a fascinating time in Argentina.

    Dec 10th, 2019 - 08:36 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Tarquin Fin

    These new times will be fascinating as long as Cristina lets Alberto lead an honest administration.

    I've seen and heard the man today, his attitude mostly, and I'm really confident that he will start to solve our problems.

    Dec 10th, 2019 - 09:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Qué lindo día...!

    Dec 10th, 2019 - 10:49 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Enrique Massot

    Precioso, memorable, un día de jubilacion! Sí señor!

    In the same way Macri's term will provide a textbook case for a government made out of CEOs (they have money therefore they won't steal - pure BS). The results of the last four years are so disastrous, the contrast will provide abundant material for economists

    Dec 11th, 2019 - 02:16 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Tarquin Fin

    Great day indeed!

    But you guys are not even close to grasp what the endgame is all about.

    Enjoy your 15 minutes while you can. Mark my words. Notebooks come and go. There's at least one yet uncovered piece. It is “D” notebook.

    Lady K will become isolated. The rest will be fun.

    Your high is so endearing. Alberto will finally win. With a little help from the friends.

    Dec 11th, 2019 - 02:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman

    Enrique, it doesn't take much inspiration to realize that Alberto Fernandez was “left alone” in this ceremony by the leaders of the World. Clearly, they doubt their intentions and, as they say in Argentina, ”they took (prudent) distance“ from the ”zero minute”. You have not commented on the absence of Heads of State of First World nations. Moreover, the US delegation withdrew upon the presence of an illegal delegation from the dictatorship of Venezuela.

    M. Macri obtained 41% of the votes in 2019 that imply a 6/7% increase in voters over the 2015 election. After four very hard years of an inevitable adjustment he has managed to increase his votes. Peronism won simply because it was presented together with the elections. The flow of votes of Peronism (united) did not increase between 2015 and 2019.

    Unfortunately, because of Alberto Fernandez's economic expressions, I don't see any chance of success for this new government. Starting with the real possibilities of suspending the payment of the external debt (so that another government cancels it as the Peronists have always done irresponsibly). Clearly, there is NO chance of economic success in this new government.

    Dec 11th, 2019 - 01:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    lets give him the benefit of a year and see how he does

    Dec 11th, 2019 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    pg

    ”After four very hard years of an inevitable adjustment (Macri) has managed to increase votes.“

    Come on German -- Who are you trying to kid?

    Are you daring to call the stagnant Argentina economy as having been through an ”inevitable adjustment?” Excuse me?

    Well. Your assessment is not so different of Macri's who famously said (without smiling) “we built the foundations on top of which the country will be able to grow.”

    But the cherry on the cake: ”...suspending the payment of the external debt (so that another government cancels it as the Peronists have always done irresponsibly).”

    German: During Juan Peron second term, in 1952, Argentina ceased to be indebted and became a creditor. Nestor Kirchner dealt with the 2002 default and ended up cancelling the IMF debt. CFK left a very manageable foreign debt equivalent to about 25 per cent of the GDP. Macri increased it to nearly 100 per cent of the GDP.

    You have a right to your opinion but not your own facts.

    Dec 12th, 2019 - 05:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts”..., indeed..., Sr. Massot... ;-)

    Dec 12th, 2019 - 07:39 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    “M. Macri obtained 41% of the votes in 2019 that imply a 6/7% increase in voters over the 2015 election.”

    You're comparing results in the first round? 34.15% in 2015 vs 40.28% in 2019. But that's not a good comparison, because Massa split the vote in 2015 but this time it was much more a 2-horse race. And it's definitely not fair to compare Alberto's first round result with Scioli's second round, no doubt the former would have picked up a few more votes in a runoff.

    What I'd like to know was where the OAS was in 2015: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/24/world/americas/argentina-elections-cristina-kirchner.html

    Dec 12th, 2019 - 11:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman

    @Demontree.

    You wrote “in numbers” the same I had previously written: “34.15% in 2015 vs 40.28% in 2019”. This means a 6% increase for Macri, while in 2015 peronism got 58,47% (D. Scioli 37,08% plus Massa 21,39%) but in 2019 they got 48,24% (AF plus Massa). They lost 10% of the votes. Clearly, they won simply because they went “together united” instead of going divided.

    @ Enrique

    M. Macri had to pay all debts left by CFK. Do you remember Judge Griessa? There were plenty of lost trials in the WTO. All pending debts left by CFK.....

    Macri left the presidency with the international payments made without delay. The Central Bank has more than U$D 15,000 million of REAL reserves (while in December/2015 the CBRA had U$D 2,000 millions). I can send you the CBRA official reports of both moments if you wish. On top of everything, the IMF has a loan of U$D 11,000 million ready for Argentina (only if the new government keeps the country in the “right track”). There is no need of another “default” but the new government seems to be stubborn in avoiding its responsibilities.

    Argentina budget deficit was 7% in December/2015 but this year it will be 1,5%. The exportation will have a net increase of 7% during 2019. While during the last years of CFK the country had to import energy for U$D 7,500/5,000 million yearly the country has energy surplus nowadays (we became a gas and oil exporter country again). The public service fees had a delay of 70% by December/2015 while now the delay is around 30% and no exchange delay at all. All these adjustments were painful for the country (economic recession and pending social issues) but a great achievement for the government and the people.

    Dec 12th, 2019 - 02:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Pgerman
    You can't just add Massa's votes to Scioli's, cause many of his voters switched to Macri in the second round. It shows they didn't vote on the basis of Peronist vs non-Peronist, but wanted an alternative to the FpV government. This time the votes for other parties were few enough that Macri couldn't realistically have reached 51% even if there was a runoff.

    As for the deficit, Macri only lowered it when the IMF forced him to, because he knew very well that following their policies would cause a massive recession. I've no sympathy for investors crying and whining, they made their choice knowing the history and they're getting paid high interest precisely to take on the risk.

    Dec 12th, 2019 - 03:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    PG

    ”...adjustments were painful for the country (economic recession and pending social issues) but a great achievement for the government and the people.“

    German, the above sentence deserves to be given the 2019 Blue Ribbon of Popularity. It's the first time I see someone praising recession and ”pending social issues“ as great achievements.

    Let's remember that what you aseptically call ”pending social issues” include a sharp rise of poverty during the Macri years.

    On June 15, 2015, MP keyboard warriors posted a total 38 comments, most of them derogatory, about the CFK government after the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) revealed that poverty had reached 25 per cent.

    On Dec. 6, MP reported that poverty has reached 40 per cent in Argentina, according to the same UCA. How many comments under that story? A total of four, two of which posted by myself.

    In any event, I do respect the fact you are expressing your opinion right from the start of the government of Alberto Fernandez. The next months will be extremely interesting when the first measures of the new team begin to show practical effects.

    Perhaps the most interesting characteristic of the upcoming government is that Alberto Fernández has made it clear that his government program will be 180 degrees opposed to that applied by Macri, and as such it will make it easier to compare. Remember Macri's famous first semester...second semester...the light at the end of the tunnel...and 'we hit a stormy front?'

    Dec 12th, 2019 - 06:04 pm - Link - Report abuse -1

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