Ah, feriados, those second Sundays that make us forget what the reality of the office is like for an extra 24 hours, making the following Tuesday a double Monday because everything is twice the effort. Welcome to those emails that you pushed back last week.
I know. You can put them on hold a little longer if you want by reading the following update:
- The PASO primary elections manage to squeeze into the Weekend Roundup one more time because the official vote counting began last week: still no news on the Buenos Aires province, those numbers are due at the end of next week. However, the results for 11 provinces have been confirmed — Chaco, Chubut, Entre Ríos, Jujuy, Misiones, Neuquén, Río Negro, San Juan, Santa Cruz, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán — with four confirmed Cambiemos victories, three for the Peronist party (Frente Justicialista), two for Kirchnerism and another two for local provincial forces (in Santiago de Estero and Misiones). On a radio show yesterday, the Secretary of Political Affairs of the Interior Ministry Adrián Pérez addressed Kirchnerite accusations regarding foul play in the province of Buenos Aires by saying that “The party prosecutors observing the original vote count did not present a single complaint.” In case you were worried, Cambiemos still won in Antarctica. Read more: 2017 Argentinas’ Primary Elections Results for Each Province
- President Mauricio Macri spent his long weekend in the province of Neuquén, in the picturesque Villa La Angostura, after having spent 48 hours of medical rest after getting an operation on his right knee on Thursday. Buenos Aires province Governor María Eugenia Vidal joined the circle of family and friends that accompanied the president on his holiday for dinner, along with her own children, yesterday before returning to Buenos Aires.
- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR or CIDH in Spanish) said on Saturday that the jailed Tupac Amaru leader Milagro Sala should serve house arrest “in her own home, surrounded by her own [people].” The CIDH president Francisco Eguiguren felt compelled to clarify this after images surfaced of the house that Sala is supposed to live in, showing a lack of basic infrastructure (as in, no toilets or running water). Although the government and judicial branch of Jujuy have said that they are not defying the CIDH’s rules or suggestions, Eguiguren said in a radio interview that no matter what state the house is in, “transferring a person from one prison to another place that isn’t their house isn’t house arrest. That’s moving them from one prison to another prison.” Read more: Jujuy Court Grants Milagro Sala with House Arrest
- According to sources from the media outlet Todo Noticias, a forensic toxicology screen of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman has turned up traces of ketamine and clonazepam. These substances clearly aren’t your average aspirin: together, they make for an intense anesthetic. According to the judicial sources, the two hypotheses are a) Nisman took drugs in order to get high, essentially, and b) someone else gave him the drugs, in which case “we’d be dealing with something much more serious, because it justifies the fact that he apparently didn’t defend himself if he was murdered.” The official results will be filed in a report in about two weeks. The body of Nisman was found in January 2015, hours before he was set to testify before Congress and we still don’t know whether it was a case of suicide or homicide. For General Prosecutor of the Crime Chamber Ricardo Sáenz, the presence of ketamine “is yet more proof that he was murdered.” You thought it was over? It’s never over. Read more: Nisman’s Accusation Against CFK Will Now be Investigated by Judge Bonadio
- How about some weekend numbers? First off, tourism: according to the Argentine Chamber of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (CAME), the total number of people who travelled within Argentina was 638,985. That’s 10 percent up from last year and AR$ 1.182 million spent in total across 40 cities. In addition, spending on Sunday’s “Día del Niño” (Children’s Day) was up by 1.2 percent in comparison to last year, also according to CAME. Apparently parents spent an average of AR$ 550 on their kids. According to the head of the CAME, Fabián Tarrío, “The increase is a good indicator that the market is starting to recover after 20 months in the lower levels.” Read more: Phew! Dollar Exchange Rate Drops Almost 50 Cents After Election Results
- Not all children were getting gifts this weekend, however. Two newborn babies were found in dumpsters on Saturday: a baby girl in Palermo and premature baby boy in the city of Córdoba. Both were very weak and one had hypothermia when found, but are currently in the hospital and making good progress. Neither of their mothers have been located.
- Last but not least, the Santa Fe province was crowned as champion in the second Federal Argentine Asado Championship on Sunday, held at the Obelisco during the day with 24 pairs of parrilleros and their assistants representing each province. “I’m very moved. This is huge for me,” said champion asador Marcelo Herrera. While asados are often considered to be male turf, San Luis province was represented by two women while Buenos Aires had a mixed team.
Go forth and show yourselves to be well informed, my loyal Monday readers!