23 November 2015
In his first press release since the elections president-elect Mauricio Macri has made his position very clear. He wants to go back to the period of free trade which was rejected by Latin America and he wants to start undoing the historic Latin American unity and integration achieved in recent years.
President-elect Mauricio Macri has pledged to open the economy to free trade while requesting Venezuela be suspended from Mercosur.
Critics say Macri’s proposals will turn the country back to 1990s neoliberalism, rolling back the social welfare programs of President Cristina Fernandez and her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, which have benefited poor and working class Argentines.
The president-elect said he wants to see Venezuela suspended from the South American regional bloc Mercosur and has promised to introduce a “democratic clause” against Venezuela, a country with which President Fernandez cultivated close ties with the regional goal of strengthening Latin American integration.
According to attorney Eva Golinger, Macri’s decision to attack Venezuela through Mercosur is a clear attempt to strike at South American integration and unity.
Macri to strengthen relations with the United States and the European Union
Macri is expected to strengthen relations with the United States and the European Union. His first international visit will be to Brazil to discuss with President Dilma Rousseff reinvigorating trade relations between the two South American countries.
One of Macri’s first steps will be to select his cabinet of ministers, including a new economy chief. Speculation suggests the new minister of the economy will have ties to business elites and be well-positioned to head corporate-friendly economic development.
Macri has been a director of his father’s corporate conglomerate Socma since a young age. Socma has been shown to have benefited economically from dictatorship rule in Argentina, and Macri’s close relationship to business elites, which historically propped up right-wing military regimes in the country, also signals dictatorship ties.
Macri will enter Argentina’s Casa Rosada as president on Dec. 10.