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Wed Nov 25, 2015, 04:55 PM

Outgoing Argentine President Cristina Kirchner: 'A country and a business are not the same'.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner headed a rally to inaugurate a new wing at Posadas Hospital, in the Buenos Aires suburb of El Palomar. Today’s was Ms. Kirchner’s first public appearance after Sunday’s runoff that narrowly consecrated Mauricio Macri of the "Let’s Change" (Cambiemos) right-wing alliance as Argentina’s new head of state.

Joined by Buenos Aires Province mayors, provincial governors, and representatives of the Justicialist (Peronist) Party, Cristina Kirchner assumed the responsibility of leading an opposition that will challenge the Mauricio Macri administration in the upcoming years.

“I want to tell everybody, those that voted for us and those that did not, we will not do the things they did to us (referring to the many smear campaigns). We will watch over the rights of all Argentines, to be acknowledged and respected. We will cooperate because we are men and women who know about government responsibilities,” the head of state said today warning that when governability is interrupted it impacts those who have least.

Affirming she will "never leave" and "will always be with you," Cristina Fernández de Kirchner highlighted the current unemployment rate of 5.9% and praised the human rights abuse trials that have convicted hundreds of former military officials that tortured and killed thousands during Argentina’s bloody 1976-83 dictatorship.

“We arrived in an Argentina where there was impunity, and we leave having initiated the most important reconstruction of memory, truth, and human rights in the history of the world. I dare say in the world because few countries have tried their own crimes,” she said and later condemned a front-page op ed in La Nación, published a day after Macri’s victory, demanding the release of the military officers sentenced for violations against human rights.

Among other state policies, Cristina Kirchner also stressed the significance of the Universal Child Allowance (AUH) that guarantees that “kids have schooling and health” because “they are not to blame for what was done to their parents."

President Fernández de Kirchner recalled the work done by the over 1,000 Argentine scientists who have returned to the country after being forced to leave Argentina in search of a better future and job opportunities in the aftermath of the 2001-02 crisis. “We leave with more than a thousand scientists that have returned, with the most important investment in science and technology in the history of Argentina,” she said and hailed the recent launching of the ARSAT 1 and ARSAT 2 satellites.

“I'd also say that we have done something much important than all this. We have empowered people as to their rights. People know what their rights are. We will be there defending the conquests in rights; and the sowing of national, popular and democratic conscience across Argentina, in all who believe that the homeland is your fellow man.”

At: http://buenosairesherald.com/article/203754/cfk-a-country-and-a-business-are-not-the-same

Whatever mistakes she made over the last 8 years (and who hasn't!) she's been good to business, and the working man. The way it should be.

Average profit margin in publicly traded companies was 39% in 2014; 57% in public/private partnerships.

After stellar 2013 and 2014, stocks up 53% so far in 2015 (until Macri's election, that is).

Purchasing power of wages up 72% since 2003 - using private inflation estimates.

Press shills and right-wing ideologues may be happy; but I think Argentine business is starting to miss the old girl already. Since Macri was elected, stocks are off 9%.

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Wed Nov 25, 2015, 06:51 PM

1. She has so much to praise for all the unbelievable positive change which has happened

starting with Nestor Kirchner's time in office, until he was totally unexpectedly killed by a heart attack.

She gave a wonderful speech, and it was truthful. We all know it.

Hope the very best for this excellent woman, for a long healthy life, and it's perfect hearing her indicate she will be very much staying in the picture if she has anything to do with it!

She doesn't realize how admired and respected she is outside her country, just as her husband was. What an amazing couple of super people. They have had the interests of the people at heart, and everyone knows.

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Thu Nov 26, 2015, 03:08 PM

2. The stats you mention should be remembered. It won't be that good for quite a while. n/t

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Thu Nov 26, 2015, 03:16 PM

3. If the '90s and the dictatorship are any indication,

they in fact probably won't be very good at all.

Brat-Gay will have a good time though: the funds he manages are shorting the peso, which of course means he stands to gain from his own shock devaluation. Neat, huh!

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