Argentine President Plays Down Errors, Assures He Was Elected to Undo Kirchner Socialism

By: Marcelo Duclos - Feb 28, 2017, 3:54 pm
President Macri assured that the majority of Argentines support him in undoing the socialism of Cristina Kirchner (
President Macri assured that the majority of Argentines support him in undoing the socialism of Cristina Kirchner (Twitter).


Following his trip to Spain where he sought to strengthen ties after a lengthy period of “Kirchnerism”, Argentine President Mauricio Macri gave an interview where he gave an overview of his tenure as president and analyzed the legislative elections that he will face this year.

Regarding mistakes made at the start of his presidency, Macri replied: “When I am wrong, I try to right the ship. I invite you to look at my record. Look at the official reports, and see that we are a government that has been based in changes and reforms. In the context of everything we’ve done, it does not seem fair to me to suggest that our mistakes have been numerous.”

For the leader of Cambiemos, “four or five” issues have been heavily scrutinized among the thousands of decisions his government has faced. “The more decisions one makes, the more fallible one is. It would be very easy to put us under the microscope and look for mistakes and errors on a monthly basis.”

The government has reversed initiatives such as the attempt to instate a court judge by decree last summer, the case over the debt of Macri’s father and the Argentine Postal Service, or an attempt to change the holiday of March 24 which was repudiated by leftist organizations.

“When I’m wrong, I recognize it,” said Macri, seeking to paint a stark contrast with the previous government, which was often accused of a confrontational style.

The interview conducted by Tele 9 with the journalist Maxi Montenegro included the question about whether the rivalry between Macri’s center-right government, and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

“It is an absurd to think of her as a political rival, as I am trying to take us on in a new direction. I can not think of her as a political rival, when she has done so much damage to the country,” Macri replied.

While inflation and the complicated economic situation are affecting the image of the government, the head of state continues to be optimistic that “most Argentines” will support his party in the October elections.

Source: Infobae

Marcelo Duclos Marcelo Duclos

Marcelo Duclos is a reporter for the PanAm Post from Buenos Aires. He studied journalism at Taller Escuela Agencia (TEA) and went on to pursue a master's degree in Political Science and Economics at Eseade. Follow him on Twitter: @MarceloDuclos

Colombian Indigenous Community Fight to Protect Land from Paramilitary Resurgence

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Feb 28, 2017, 3:44 pm

EspañolThe Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta in Colombia's northern region is home to multiple indigenous communities living peacefully on sacred land. But the Arhuaco people there were confronted with a harsh reality February 19 when paramilitary groups confronted them with threats and violence. The indigenous community said several people who identified themselves as demobilized members of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia came onto their land with firearms, making threats and burning some of areas considered sacred by the community. Read More: Argentine Officials Feel Pressure from Taxi Allies Read More: Why Trump Tariff on Mexico Will Only Worsen Illegal Immigration  This is not the only indigenous group in Santa Marta's Sierra Nevada that has received threats. Francisco Gil, a mamo Indian of the Kogui community, said he has also been threatened by men who claim to be paramilitary. The Wiwa have also reportedly experienced persecution from similar groups, and are concerned about how to defend their territory. Local media have reported that the confrontation with the Arhuaco could have been a "strategy of repositioning paramilitaries who are interested in the area," because it previously belonged to the group. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The armed men accused the indigenous people of practicing witchcraft and threatened to burn down the town one indigenous leader said in a statement both to local media and to the area's public prosecutor's officer. The community is reportedly still very concerned about what to do, and many said they're worried about being driven out. Source: El Espectador

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