Safe to say, President-elect Mauricio Macri and outgoing Head of State Cristina Fernández de Kirchner are not best friends. In fact, they haven’t met face to face in years. But this latter detail is set to change this evening at 7 PM, when the two congregate at the Olivos presidential home to discuss the administration’s turnover on December 10.
Through statements and interviews over the last few days, Macri has intimated he plans on addressing what he terms “the secrecy” around the current administration’s policies.
“I want this meeting to be cordial and have it lead to an easy transition. One criticism I have [regarding the government] is that there is a lot of secrecy. There is a huge lack of information regarding the economy,” he told Radio Mitre this morning.
“I hope that in light of her good attitude in calling, congratulating and inviting me, that [Cristina] will tell me what she should be telling me, right? I hope that she opens the doors to all the ministries, that the people I designate are able to carry out the transition well.”
Speaking to La Nacion, he admitted that said transition would be far from easy.
“I’m very aware that every second counts. There are many people under the poverty line, children coming into the world every day who don’t have access to proper development, as Abel Albino has taught us.”
(Yes, Albino is Macri’s malnourishment expert who was hounded by the press earlier this month for having published some pretty damning words, namely, that infant undernourishment was the result of “frequent and compulsive sex.” But I digress.)
“On December 11, I hope to be with all the governors, all the former presidential candidates, to tell them all: let’s build a country with zero poverty, let’s fight and take down drug trafficking, which is taking a toll on all of us, let’s improve the quality of our institutions,” he added.
“Zero poverty” was Macri’s rallying cry throughout his campaign, a bid to reduce poverty figures in the country (an objective that’s made infinitely more difficult by the lack of conclusive figures: while the current government claims it’s at 5 percent, independent studies such as the UCA’s place it at 28.7 percent).
He’s also taken the masthead for issues surrounding drug trafficking, which had been most famously spearheaded by October 25th second runner up Sergio Massa.
The following video outlines some of the other policies he hopes to tackle within his first 100 days as President.