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Current Argentinian President Macri Acknowledges Presidential Aspirations in 2019

By: Marcelo Duclos - May 3, 2017, 1:16 pm
Una pregunta sobre un aeropuerto le permitió al presidente argentino instaurar el tema en la agenda. (Twitter)
After answering a question about an airport, the Argentinian president put the reelection issue on the agenda (Twitter).

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Regardless of the fact that he has not yet completed half of his term, or that the lists for the midterm elections are not yet drawn up, Mauricio Macri has already announced his intention to be reelected as president of Argentina in 2019.

The statement took place at a press conference in Santa Fe province held with Governor Miguel Lifschitz and the mayor of the provincial capital, Jose Corral, in the framework of the inauguration of the Santa Fe metrobus.

When asked about the construction of an airport, President Macri replied that it would be complicated for his current management, which ends in 2019, but is probably possible to realize during his “second term”.

“The joint airport project is wonderful, I am passionate about it because it gives the region a location and allows the provinces to connect with the world. Argentina is a huge country and we have to get people to fly. This is just the beginning, we are repairing 19 airports all over the country. But I fear that out of all the projects pending, I won’t see that one completed during this term, I might see it in my next term.”

Although the statement took place among laughter, it is no joke; as it is the first reference Macri has made regarding presidential aspirations for a second term.

Since returning to democracy in 1983, Argentina has two reelected presidents: Carlos Menem and Cristina Kirchner, both from the same party. Also, two presidents had to interrupt their mandates: Raul Alfonsin due to an economic crisis and with Menem already elected, and Fernando de la Rua, due to the 2001 economic crisis.

The Constitution since 1994 stipulates a presidential term of four years with the possibility of reelection for one subsequent term. After that a former president must wait for a full term to be a presidential candidate again.

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

Mexico’s Prosecutors Zero In On Left-Wing Candidate Caught on Video Accepting Bribes

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 3, 2017, 1:03 pm
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EspañolA former candidate of Mexico's largest left-wing party is being investigated for possible money laundering and other crimes related to elections. Eva Cadena, a former candidate for MORENA to the municipal presidency of Las Choapas in Veracruz, may have accepted bribes while also laundering money, Mexico's Attorney General's Office announced this week. Director of the Specialized Prosecutor's Office for Electoral Crimes, Santiago Nieto Castillo, said Tuesday that the investigation comes in response to three videos of Cadena receiving as much as US $50,000 to promote a law that favored businessmen in the state of Veracruz. "We are going to incorporate this new video into the information," Castillo said. "We have discovered a series of actions that could give rise to other crimes that are not under the prosecution's jurisdiction, such as resources of illicit origin or even related to misuse of the position she had as a legislator, as well as money laundering. In any case, there will be a hearing by competent authorities to begin an investigation into the origin and destination of the funds." Read More: To Solve the Immigration Conflict in the US, Just Look to the Constitution Read More: Three Myths that Distort US Debate on Immigration Cadena has not made the process any easier, as she reportedly missed her court date to explain the first two videos that came to light a week ago. They both show her receiving funds for Andrés Manuel López Obrador's political campaign. "There was a notification process, the citation was delivered at her residence, she had 48 business hours to file her statement in the public prosecutor's office," Castillo said. "It is worth noting that despite being a licensed member of congress, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation said that the constitutional law (also known as parliamentary immunity) protects the official, not the person."   googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Electoral investigators issued a statement as well: "She has been summoned as a probable participant in the commission of a criminal conduct, she has the constitutional right to reserve herself from testifying. However, if she fails to appear, the prosecution is scheduled to request a Judge of Control to issue an order to compel her to appear. If she refuses, we will ask Congress for its support and an arrest warrant if necessary." In the videos that have put Eva Cadena in the public eye, she is seen receiving US $25,000 for AMLO's campaign and in a second, accepting $2,500. Source: El Universal

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