Argentinian president on his way to Europe, leaves the country in the hands of his internal rivals
Argentinian President Alberto Fernández leaves on Monday for a European tour which, regardless of what he can achieve (or not) in economic and political terms, will at least save him from the controversies within the Frente de Todos (FdT) while he was in power. at the same time leaving Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK) at the head of the executive.
President Fernández’s tour begins Monday in Spain and ends Thursday in Germany, the day inflation data for April will be announced.
Alberto Fernández leaves behind a political scenario in which CFK admitted that choosing him was “an act of intelligence” but giving him the freedom to choose his cabinet was a “generous action”.
CFK’s son, MP Máximo Kirchner on Sunday underlined the loss of purchasing power of the Argentine people. He made the remarks during a ceremony commemorating the 103rd birthday of Peronist icon Evita Duarte.
“Néstor and Cristina (Kirchner) did not flinch when it came to defending the workers,” Kirchner said. He also called for the creation of “political spheres” to amplify management decisions.
The governor of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, also stressed that “where there is a right, there is a duty; no one can forget why we won the elections; these rights must be respected.”
The criticisms of the pure and hard Kirchnerian groups against the Minister of Economy Martín Guzmán are not new.
After all the friendly fire he has suffered in recent days, Fernández will leave the country. Presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti explained that the trip had been planned for a long time. He will start in Spain with a meeting with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, then travel to Germany to hold a meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
“The idea is to be able to continue Argentina’s insertion into the world and to have conversations about the international situation that Europe is going through, especially at the moment,” Cerruti said.
She added that there will also be meetings with businessmen aimed at “obtaining investments for Argentina and continuing on this path of growth”.
The last meeting between Sánchez and Fernández took place in early June 2021, in Buenos Aires, while the bilateral meeting with Scholz will take place the day the figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Census are released.
Government officials are well aware that the inflation figures will be far from good, although some in the president’s inner circle have been reported as sufficiently confident that they will be “a bit better” than those in March.
Estimates from private consulting firms reveal that despite a slight deceleration, inflation in April will remain around 6%.
Minister Martín Guzmán said last week that “April inflation will be much lower than March” and that “the worst is over”.