[L-I] Julio FB: please comment this by Reuters on Argentina
Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky
Gorojovsky at SPAMarnet.com.ar
Thu Oct 12 21:00:03 MDT 2000
Johannes Schneider has called my attention on this by Reuters on
Argentina. You can find it at CNN's page. It is an elementary
exercise in ideological primitivism, as well as a prime example in
the perverted usage of misleading adjectives and mainstream tenets on
Argentina. Johannes proposed me to comment the piece, but I am so
short of time that I have to ask Julio FB to do some comments. He may
have additional information that may enlighten the debate. On the
other hand, the materials I posted in Spanish deal with all these
events in a much more interesting and profound way. Sorry that I am
so short of time, but well, one must earn a living here.
What I can do is answer questions that may appear after reading this
Four Argentine deputies to leave ruling Alliance
October 11, 2000
Web posted at: 1:03 PM EDT (1703 GMT)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) -- Four members
of Congress will leave Argentina's ruling Alliance,
which already needs minor party support to obtain a
lower house majority and is on the verge of a major
split, one congressmen said on Wednesday.
The four renegade members of the Chamber of
Deputies have decided the center-left coalition led
by President Fernando de la Rua has swung too much
toward the free-market right since defeating the
Peronist Party in elections last October, Deputy
Alfredo Bravo told Reuters.
The Alliance has been on the verge of breaking up
since the shock resignation on Friday of Vice
President Carlos Alvarez -- leader of the more left-
leaning Frepaso which is the junior coalition partner
to De la Rua's centrist Radicals.
Alvarez quit the Alliance to protest De la Rua's
muted response to a bribes-for-votes scandal in the
Senate. He promises the Alliance will hold together,
but analysts and some politicians say that the
coalition's future could be bleak.
Bravo said he, two other of Frepaso's 36 deputies and
one of the 82 Radicals were fed up with both De la
Rua and Alvarez and will quit the Alliance
With the withdrawal of the four, the Alliance will
have 114 members in the 257-member Chamber of
The Peronists, who ruled Argentina from 1989-1999
under President Carlos Menem, have 100 deputies and
control the Senate.
FOUR OPPOSE IMF ECONOMICS
"We oppose the government's economic policy," said
Bravo, adding that other deputies may also leave the
Bravo said that the four plan to form a block, and
the first vote the new leftist group intends to make
will be to reject the austere 2001 budget -- which
the government needs approved to meet fiscal targets
agreed with the International Monetary Fund, Bravo
In fact, the four rebels have been voting against
major government policy initiatives -- including
labor market reform and salary cuts for public
officials -- for some months.
The government is struggling to revive the economy
after two years of stagnation which shows little sign
It vows to do so without abandoning the strict
discipline of the one-peso-one-dollar fixed exchange
rate which has ended long out-of-control inflation
and brought economic stability to Argentina since
its introduction in 1991.
Now De la Rua faces serving out the rest of his
three-year term with a possibly hostile Congress.
Alvarez wanted De la Rua to fire government officials
who had been forced to deny bribing opposition
senators to pass a labor market reform bill in April.
One of the officials he had most criticized -- former
Labor Minister Alberto Flamarique -- has since
resigned. But De la Rua has so far refused to fire
his secret service chief, who is also on Alvarez's
The Senate was due to meet later Wednesday to
formally accept Alvarez's resignation.
With his coalition shaky, the president has shown
signs of making overtures to the opposition
Peronists, asking them to behave responsibly for
the good of the country.
Popular frustration growing
Popular frustration is mounting with a government
which won election promising to both reduce
unemployment, which is at 15.4 percent, and clean up
politics after 10 years of regular corruption
scandals under Menem.
Opposition unions plan a half-day strike Wednesday
afternoon to protest wage cuts and new labor rules
which make it easier to hire and fire. The government
backed down last week after a stoppage by truck
drivers, pressuring oil companies to provide cheaper
fuel and promising lower road tolls.
"We're going backward. We're economically worse off
than we were a few months ago, and we're also going
backward in the area the Alliance boasted so much
about -- government ethics," said the union protest
leader, Hugo Moyano.
Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar
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