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Alberto Fernández denies having “substantial” differences with Cristina Kirchner

The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, denied this Saturday (9) that he has “substantial” differences with the vice president of the country, Cristina Kirchner, after several weeks of tension in the ruling party due to public discrepancies between them.

“There is a moment when we realize that we have a common denominator that unites us: I may have differences with Cristina, but not substantial ones. She represents the same interests as I do. I may have differences on how to implement one measure or another, but not in substance”, declared the representative to the C5N channel.

During the interview, Fernández mentioned several points that he shares with the deputy, such as the discussion about the social assistance programs, which marked a friction between them in the last month.

“Her concerns about social plans are those of all of us. What Argentina needs is to consolidate work, not to continue promoting social assistance, which is necessary. I think many of these things I can share, I never had a huge substantial difference with Cristina”, he pointed out.

The president, who traveled to San Miguel de Tucumán, in the north, because of Independence Day, defended this Saturday the government’s “unity”, while criticizing those who “spread discouragement” about the country’s direction.

“The struggle has always been the same: when a popular government fights the economic interests of inside and outside, to defend the distribution of wealth and the happiness of the people, all the political, media and business forces arrive to twist our arm and tear us apart. They won’t make it”, he expressed during an official act.

Disputes in the ruling Frente de Todos coalition began after the defeat in the legislative elections in November last year, but increased after the signing of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to refinance a loan of more than US$ 40 billion.

The economic program agreed with the IMF, which includes, among other things, a reduction of the fiscal deficit, was much criticized by Kirchnerismo, the wing of Peronism led by the vice president.

Last Monday (4), Fernández swore in the country’s new Minister of Economy, Silvina Batakis, Martín Guzmán’s replacement, who resigned days earlier. The name of the new minister was imposed by Kirchner, who had been criticizing Guzmán’s economic policy, especially the proposals to reduce public spending and subsidies.

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