The violent death of a former secretary of Argentine ex-president and currently vice president, Cristina Kirchner, in El Calafate, Santa Cruz province triggered a strong clash between the Argentine government and congressional opposition since there was speculation that Fabian Gutierrez, 48, a potential whistleblower in several corruption cases, had met his destiny to the hands of an alleged Kirchner conspiration.
Buenos Aires said on Tuesday it was prepared to help financially Santa Cruz province, but demanded a serious program to put in order the regional government´s accounts, which has seen its basic services of education, healthcare and justice paralyzed because of months in arrears to staff.
Argentine ex president Cristina Fernandez and her sister in law and governor of Santa Cruz province Alicia Kirchner, are holding in at their home in Rio Gallegos surrounded by an angry crowd in the midst of a chaotic situation as police try to disperse protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Argentina's new president Mauricio Macri met with governors on Saturday in another major change of tone from his predecessor Cristina Fernandez' confrontational style.
The outgoing government of president Cristina Fernandez reinstated benefits for all exports that are handled through Patagonian ports. Decree 2229/15 published in the Federal Gazette establishes the extent and percentage of benefits, for the next five years, as long as they are shipped from ports and customs to the south of the Colorado River.
Next October 25 Argentines will be voting for a new president but also to renew half of all seats (257) in the Lower House and one third of seats in the Senate. This means that more than fifty percent of the 130 seats available currently belonging to the ruling Victory Front (FpV) of Cristina Fernandez as the “first minority” within the legislature, will be disputed.
President Cristina Fernandez underlined the achievements of her government which, she said, have set the foundations of 'a bright future ahead for Argentina', and openly sponsored the electoral aspirations of Kirchner family members, during a political rally held in Santa Cruz province, from where the powerful presidential couple that has dominated Argentine politics for the last twelve years emerged in 2002/03.
The candidacy of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner “is headed towards a predictable scenario” assured Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli in an interview he granted to Ambito Financiero's new TV show, “Ambito de debate”.