On the closing of the European tour, the President finally decided to lower the internal tension and ensure that he has no dispute with the Vice President with whom he is not going to “get into the ring”. “I don’t have to fight and I don’t want to fight with Cristina”Alberto Fernandez said. In an interview with PROFILE and different media also spoke of inflation hours after the April number is known and explained that “we are not happy” with the number that will be known in a few hours.
The president also took stock of his visit by explaining that the “urgency” of the tour that led him to visit three heads of state had to do with the urgency that “the voice of Latin America” be heard when asking their peers Europeans “do something” so that the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine, which is “the victim of an aggression” that has to “end as soon as possible”.
“A Spanish journalist did a report on me for a very important media outlet there. And all the time he brought to the stage the differences that we can have with Cristina. And about the end, the truth is that I told her that all the time she tried to get me into a ring to fight her. And I don’t have to fight and I don’t want to fight with Cristina. I have to fight with Macri, with the right, with those responsible for Argentina’s decline. Those who generated the debt that we are still discussing today. Those who brought the 20% drop in real wages that we have to recover so that the distribution of income is better. That’s where my head is. In improving the situation of the Argentines”, said the President in a less confrontational tone than the one he had been using and seeking to leave behind the internal unleashed with the vice president.
Alberto Fernández tries to leave the official boarding school in Madrid and concentrate on the tour
This Thursday, the Minister of Security, Aníbal Fernández said that the President will go for re-election and raised a possible internal competition between those who in 2019 were running mates. On this, the head of state expressed: “I am not arguing with Cristina or in any internal. I’m not thinking about re-election. I don’t have a dispute with Cristina, I have differences. In 2023 we have to do what is necessary to win and guarantee that neither the right nor the macrismo plunge us back into the awful world that they did.”
Alberto Fernández will know in a few hours the inflation rate for April ten thousand kilometers from Argentina. He knows it’s not good news so he got ahead of the number. “The economic program is going to help slow down inflation, we are sure of that. We are not satisfied, we are far from being happy with the inflation rates that exist today in Argentina. We must continue working on that. Our economic program has three pillars: production, work and the best distribution of income”, he stated.
Speaking of the price increase, the head of state once again defended his government’s economic data, which generated a strong discussion with Cristina Kichner. “We are growing a lot in the economy, generating many new formal jobs, but income distribution is costing us a lot. And that has a lot to do with inflation. Even when we encourage parity, making wages above it, we have to work seriously on the causes of price increases. But there is a percentage of that equation that we live today that is derived from the increase in food as a result of the war. And many other inputs, such as fertilizers. That other cause, the external one, is not handled by us. And inflation is very harmful, because it affects the less well-off more. Inflation is the tax charged to those who live on a salary. And therefore we must quickly stop this problem. As it is part of my concern, that is why I wanted to raise this issue also with the actors of the conflict, so that they understand the dimension of this problem”.
Fernández also referred to the rate increase generated by another intern in his own government: “The rate increases involve the application of a segmentation, in such a way that the wealthiest 10% who benefit from the subsidies stop receiving it. This is definitely a very progressive measure in economic terms, because it makes those who have it pay. The weakest sectors will continue to be subsidized. And the increases are directly linked to the increase in wages. They will never go above the salary increase. We are not doing this because it is an IMF imposition, although it is written in the economic program. We are doing it because we believe it is necessary to do so. It is very difficult to think that the economy can continue to subsidize the richest in terms of energy. When we also see how the energy conflict has been unleashed from the war and how all prices have skyrocketed. We are very convinced that we are on the right path.”
The President is convinced that the war will cause the conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund to be renegotiated and on this he assured that: “The reality is that the IMF has already said that the agreements must be reviewed because the economy has been altered significantly. So if it is an idea of the Fund, surely it will also be applicable to us. We have to see exactly what are the effects of the war in Argentina. The first very negative sign is that of inflation. When they tell me that Argentina can benefit from the increase in commodities, I don’t like that we can win with a declared war. And it is very difficult to decouple international prices from domestic ones, and there the problem is much more complicated. There is permanent dialogue with the Fund but it is carried out by the Ministry of Economy, I am not the one who carries it out”.
On his third day of tour and before having lunch with Emmanuel Macron, Alberto Fernández took stock of his visit to Europe. “I want to explain a little the meaning of this tour, because it seems to me that many did not understand it. I chair CELAC, an organization that brings together countries from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. We have seen with great concern how the problems in the economy and the global world have evolved since the war.”
In a harsh tone that until now he had not shown, he said that “the warlike conflict generates consequences not between the countries in contention but rather global ones that are very important for us. We are very worried and we have to do something so that this conflict ends as soon as possible. Do something to bring about the end of the Russian war actions and that the parties sit down and find an understanding”.
He also spoke of the consequences of the war in the rest of the countries. “We come from the most unequal continent in the world, which after the pandemic that inequality increased even more. The economic situation was further complicated and the region was seriously at risk. We have to act so that it does not continue to deepen. The risk of food and energy security breaking down is absolutely real. Argentina is a food producer and has a gas surplus and can find an opportunity in this situation, but I don’t like to take advantage of wars. The pandemic took 6 million lives and I want to call the rest of the nations to reflect. We have the right to recover and move forward.”
This was raised with the Spanish President, Pedro Sanchez and King Felipe VI, and also with the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz. “King Felipe expressed to me the dimension that the problem can have and I would like it not to come to that. The United Nations in the Security Council ordered that actions be initiated to bring the parties closer together and find a solution to the conflict. And we want to strongly support that approach. We do not believe that this is a proposition between Russia and NATO or Ukraine, the dimension of the conflict acquires global characteristics. And the consequences of the actions that have been taken have a direct impact on our daily lives,” said the Argentine head of state.
That is why he admitted that the tour “was organized in a hurry and with almost no confirmed agenda, motivated by concern about the war and the need for the voice of Latin America to be heard. The desire to want to collaborate to find a solution to this conflict, which far exceeds the limits of the countries in conflict. Being president of CELAC I am not calm. Central America and the Caribbean have been badly damaged by climate change. I want the world to understand that there are no more spaces for wars. It is a moral imperative to call for reflection and ask for an end to death. The world can’t take that anymore.”
To close the balance, Fernández maintained: “I am leaving with the peace of mind of having put the voice of Latin America in this conflict. We were categorical. We have no doubt that Ukraine is the victim of aggression and we have to stop it as soon as possible. There is a world on the periphery, which is not that of the most powerful countries, that is suffering greatly from the effects of this war. And I see myself in the moral and ethical obligation to take this message to those who are actors”.
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