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Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez interviewed in 'Conversation with Correa' - RT *PARTNER CONTENT*

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November 09, 2019 at 15:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Argentina's President-elect Alberto Fernandez spoke with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa during a new episode of RT's show 'Conversation with Correa', his first interview with international media.

The former Ecuadorian president and the Argentinean president-elect discussed a wide range of issues, including the social and economic situation in Argentina, Peronism and the problems the region currently faces.

The president-elect said "the fight continues" in Argentina between Peronism, or "those who want a more egalitarian society," and anti-Peronism, or "those who want to preserve their privileges" and "advantages."

"The debate remains exactly the same [...] in many parts of Latin America," Fernandez said, citing Chile as an example, where "the problem of equality" has not been resolved, leaving "Chilean income concentrated in very few hands."

"The 'Chilean miracle' is not the economy of Chile, the miracle of Chile is the patience of the Chileans," joked the president-elect, adding the reason for the anti-government protests currently unfolding in Chile is not the increase in metro fares, but "the enormous inequality that exists."

The newly elected president acknowledged Argentina's dire economic situation, attributing them to the policies of the outgoing President Mauricio Macri, who increased the foreign debt from 38% to 95% of GDP since 2015.

"The most expensive political campaign in human history is that of Macri. It cost us Argentines 57 billion dollars", said Fernandez, reiterating that "Macri is to blame and the IMF is to blame" for the situation Argentina finds itself in.

"The Argentine economy has to recover, it has to produce again, it has to export again and in that way, it will have dollars to meet its obligations," he said, lamenting that "today nothing like that happens."

"Macri is going to leave 5 million new poor people, 40% of the Argentine population below the poverty line. That's Macri's legacy," Fernandez said, adding that he has "high expectations" that Argentina can move forward.

Commenting on the situation in the region, the president-elect lamented that "Latin America is undergoing a process of increasing disintegration."

In this context, the president-elect revealed he recently met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, mainly discussing the integrity of the region.

During the interview, Alberto Fernandez, who is also a criminal law professor, shared his views on attempts to influence Latin American politics through judicial persecution or legal warfare.

For Fernandez, justice "ceased to be independent and began to serve the power in place."

According to the politician, the misuse of justice "in Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina has been clearly seen," but in Brazil, it has manifested itself in a "scandalous" way with the case of Lula da Silva.

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Argentina's President-elect Alberto Fernandez spoke with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa during a new episode of RT's show 'Conversation with Correa', his first interview with international media.

The former Ecuadorian president and the Argentinean president-elect discussed a wide range of issues, including the social and economic situation in Argentina, Peronism and the problems the region currently faces.

The president-elect said "the fight continues" in Argentina between Peronism, or "those who want a more egalitarian society," and anti-Peronism, or "those who want to preserve their privileges" and "advantages."

"The debate remains exactly the same [...] in many parts of Latin America," Fernandez said, citing Chile as an example, where "the problem of equality" has not been resolved, leaving "Chilean income concentrated in very few hands."

"The 'Chilean miracle' is not the economy of Chile, the miracle of Chile is the patience of the Chileans," joked the president-elect, adding the reason for the anti-government protests currently unfolding in Chile is not the increase in metro fares, but "the enormous inequality that exists."

The newly elected president acknowledged Argentina's dire economic situation, attributing them to the policies of the outgoing President Mauricio Macri, who increased the foreign debt from 38% to 95% of GDP since 2015.

"The most expensive political campaign in human history is that of Macri. It cost us Argentines 57 billion dollars", said Fernandez, reiterating that "Macri is to blame and the IMF is to blame" for the situation Argentina finds itself in.

"The Argentine economy has to recover, it has to produce again, it has to export again and in that way, it will have dollars to meet its obligations," he said, lamenting that "today nothing like that happens."

"Macri is going to leave 5 million new poor people, 40% of the Argentine population below the poverty line. That's Macri's legacy," Fernandez said, adding that he has "high expectations" that Argentina can move forward.

Commenting on the situation in the region, the president-elect lamented that "Latin America is undergoing a process of increasing disintegration."

In this context, the president-elect revealed he recently met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, mainly discussing the integrity of the region.

During the interview, Alberto Fernandez, who is also a criminal law professor, shared his views on attempts to influence Latin American politics through judicial persecution or legal warfare.

For Fernandez, justice "ceased to be independent and began to serve the power in place."

According to the politician, the misuse of justice "in Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina has been clearly seen," but in Brazil, it has manifested itself in a "scandalous" way with the case of Lula da Silva.

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