Macri said he will go against the memorandum with Iran and demand the expulsion of Venezuela from the Mercosur

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn / November 23, 2015.-

In his first press conference after his triumph in the elections, the head of the Let’s Change front said that he will work on the ‘unity of Argentines’, because ‘we faced many years of division and there are more things that unite us’.

On the subject of the close victory he achieved over his opponent Daniel Scioli (of only 3 points), he said that he would seek points of coincidence and not differences in order to unite sectors.

He assured that the issues of drug trafficking and poverty are the main points in his government planning.

Conformation of the cabinet

On the subject of who will occupy the seat of Minister of Economy, a key piece of his team that has been missing for his whole campaign, he still didn’t give any names, but he said he will build an economic cabinet that will be composed of six ministers, that will ‘build new bridges and make different business relationships’.
The model of the six ministries is in line with his previous statements, where he said that he didn’t want a minister with great power such as Domingo Cavallo or Axel Kicillof have been in the past.

The six ministries of the economic cabinet will be: Treasury and Finance, Work, Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing, Energy, Transport and Production.

It is hypothesized that members of this cabinet could be: Rogelio Frigerio, Alfonso Prat-Gay, Guillermo Dietrich, Juan José Aranguren, Francisco Cabrera, Carlos Melconian and Federico Sturzenegger.

On the other hand, he announced that Ernesto Sanz —president of the Radical Civic Union, one of the three parties of the Presidential electoral front— will not be part of his government. Sanz was thought to be the future Minister of Justice. His party, the second biggest in the front after Macri’s party —PRO—, was key for the victory in the elections. ‘Ernesto Sanz will not be Minister of Justice. He will issue a statement in the next hours explaining the reasons, which are strictly personal’, Macri said.

In addition, he also repeated what he had said in campaign: that he expected the officials, that are appointed beyond December 10, to resign. Although he didn’t give any specific names, he hopes that the head of the Central Bank, Alejandro Vanoli, abandons his seat even though he is appointed until September 2019.

Economy

‘The fixed exchange rate controlled by the State is a mistake. As well as withholding information and access to statistics, and not having an independent Central Bank. These are things that we will adjust’, he said, while adding that he will seek to establish a single exchange rate (instead of the current situation where there is an ‘official’ rate with limited access and an ‘unofficial’ one, in the black market) under management of the Central Bank.

In another vein, he said that he is committed to justice and to end impunity, “leading by example every day,” he promised. It is worth noting that Mauricio Macri is currently accused of 214 charges, including corruption and illegal espionage.

International relations

On the subject of Iran, Macri said that he will nullify the memorandum that Argentina had signed with Iran, in which both nations agreed to collaborate in the investigation on the terrorist attack on the embassy of Israel and the AMIA (Jewish community center).

According to Macri, this agreement ‘did not help unite the Argentine people and give an image of previsibility to the world’.

He also said that he will ask the economic bloc Mercosur to apply the ‘democratic clause’ —that forbids any country ruled by an undemocratic government to participate— against Venezuela, because, according to him, ‘the denounces are clear and determinant’.

Support from Cavallo

Domingo Cavallo, former Minister of Economy that took the country to the crisis of 2001, with unprecedented poverty and popular revolt, said to reporters, about Macri’s triumph, that his victory was ‘positive’ and that ‘now the country will be better’.

Later, he wrote in his blog ‘Without a doubt, the triumph of Mauricio Macri is very important to Argentina and can also be important for Latin America. It is a great opportunity to recover respect for republican institutions, honesty and rationality —three qualities that the Kirchnerist government lacked. As Macri’s attitude towards the Venezuelan train-wreck is opposite from the one of Kirchnerism, it might also help to put a definitive end to the ‘Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America’, that has caused such a great damage to the peoples that adhered to it’.

‘These two prospects fill me with joy. What worries me is that there still is in Argentina a 48% of the population that voted for the continuity of the policies of Kirchnerism. This high percentage means that there are still many people that believe in the lies of the last 13 years’, Cavallo added.

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