President Alberto Fernández maintained that the situation of the Frente de Todos (FdT) is “good”, affirmed that Vice President Cristina Fernández “is not his enemy” but that sometimes they have different views and opted for the realization of the PASO for 2023, warning that “the best Peronism is the one that is mobilized, competes, discusses and debates”.
The president also stated that the macrismo “has left the worst economic scenario that we could have” and that “he did immeasurable damage” to the country, after which he pointed out that the leaders of Together for Change (JxC) “do not ask them to help him, but simply to shut up.”
Speaking to channel C5N, Fernández said that the adverse economic situation in which the country received in 2019 is warned by “all the leaders of the world, who realize the damage” that Mauricio Macri’s management “did to the country”.
The president also reiterated that the vice president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “is not his enemy”beyond the fact that sometimes they may not have the “same look” on some issues.
“The problem is not social organizations, it is the economy”
“My enemies are those who make the markets move, those who want to generate chaos and want to sow sadness and despair in Argentina,” he stressed.
By betting on the PASO for 2023, Fernández pointed out that “the best Peronism is the one that is mobilized, competes, discusses and debates, and when I say the best Peronism I must say that the best progressivism is that”.
“The silenced progressivism is not a good progressivism. Nothing can be better for a candidate than the people having chosen him as a candidate, and not that it is a superstructural decision,” he stressed.
“My enemies are those who make the markets move, those who want to generate chaos and want to sow sadness and despair in Argentina”
Asked if he ratified what he had said last November 17, on the occasion of the Militant’s Day, about there having to be PASO elections in the FdT, and if in that case “it included his name”, the president replied: “Yes , definitely”.
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The international situation
On the international level, he stated that had a “good meeting” with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, both at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles and at the G7 summit in Germanyand anticipated that both administrations are “organizing the agenda” for the bilateral meeting that will take place in Washington on July 25.
“With the United States you have to have a good relationship, which is not one of submission, but of dignity”raised the president in statements to C5N.
He also noted that the government of Donald Trump, in the United States, “did enormous damage by dividing Latin America into a thousand pieces” and called for “institutionalizing CELAC.”
“During the Trump years, he created the Lima group, mistreated Mercusur, created the Pacific Agreement, took Mexico to the FTAA. The continent was divided. When I won the elections and traveled to Mexico to see (its president) Andrés Manuel López Obrador, we set ourselves the goal of uniting Latin America in CELAC and we were able to do it. We talked at the G7 about holding a European Union-CELAC meeting next year“, he listed.
Likewise, he referred to the bilateral meeting he had in the G7 with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and asserted that the Malvinas issue “is not resolved”, for which he stressed that this meeting was “a great opportunity to be able to tell the UK what we believe.”
“It’s the third time I’ve seen Boris Johnson. He asked me for the meeting to consider the possibility of making trade agreements and I listened to everything. And I told him that I’m delighted, but first we have to discuss the Malvinas. I told him that it is not a resolved issue the sovereign discussion because the Malvinas belong to Argentina,” he emphasized.
On the other hand, he pointed out that During the Summit of the Americas, his counterpart from Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, approached him to ask him to “intercede with Bolivia to ensure that (Jeanine) Añez”, convicted of the coup in that country in 2019, “go to Brazil in asylum. “.
“I told him that unfortunately I couldn’t do any of that.. And thank God because I don’t want to do any of that. Bolivia gave an example to the whole world that was to judge the coup d’état with ordinary courts, without removing the natural judges. Just as in Argentina we rejoice at the example we gave the world in terms of human rights, Bolivia should rejoice at the example it gave in terms of recovering democracy”Fernandez pointed out.
Regarding Brazil, he also pointed out that during today’s meeting of Latin American service unions he was able to state that “little by little things are getting order”, in reference to the coming to power of presidents Gabriel Boric, in Chile; Luis Arce, in Bolivia, Pedro Castillo, in Peru, and Luis Petro, in Colombia.
“During the Trump years, he created the Lima group, mistreated Mercusur, created the Pacific Agreement, took Mexico to the FTAA. The continent was divided. When I won the elections and traveled to Mexico to see Andrés Manuel López Obrador , we set ourselves the goal of uniting Latin America in CELAC and we were able to do it”
“If Lula finally wins in Brazil we will be able to have a conceptual logic of Latin American unity“, he highlighted.
the local scene
On the domestic level, Fernández ratified the holding of the act next Friday in the “Felipe Vallese” room of the CGT in tribute to the 48th anniversary of the death of Juan Domingo Perón.
“We are going to remember Perón on the day of his death in the Felipe Vallese room, which is an emblematic room for Peronism,” he stressed.
In another section of the interview, he pointed out the need to “regulate” social organizations, because the popular economy, he said, “has come to stay,” and again expressed his gratitude because “they have contained an overwhelmed Argentina.”
“I believe that social organizations do a very important job, and some do not. as it happens everywhere. There are very honest organizations that helped us a lot during the pandemic. The problem is not social organizations, it is the economy. I have a debt of gratitude to social organizations, they have contained an Argentina overwhelmed by poverty, shortages, lack of health. Blaming them seems to me something I don’t share,” Fernandez said.