The President of the Nation, Alberto Fernández, returned to provide a journalistic interview where he referred to the two issues that dominate the agenda of the Argentine Republic: the coronavirus and the renegotiation of the debt.
While the negotiation with external creditors is still ongoing despite the rejection received by Martín Guzmán’s latest offer, the president asked that they “make a reasonable counter offer.”
“If there is a reasonable counteroffer, we have no qualms about analyzing it, but that they do it,” he said in a dialogue with Radio Rivadavia, where he assured that the government does not want to default but “we are going to pay as much as we can.”
“Those who think that we do not want to negotiate are wrong. What we do not want is to commit to a debt that we cannot pay”
On Monday, the economy minister accused the “business lobby” that pressures the national government to settle the debt issue “at any price.” This Tuesday, the president ratified the intention to reach a sustainable agreement.
This morning we reviewed with @Martin_M_Guzman the progress of the debt restructuring.
We continue to dialogue in good faith with creditors with the aim of reaching a sustainable agreement. pic.twitter.com/xMcmlgaOAs
– Alberto Fernández (@alferdez)
May 9, 2020
The president recognized that the economy will fall “between 5 and 6 points of GDP” this year but clarified that “the government is more or more concerned with the economy than it is most concerned, but we are experiencing a very unique situation” and the priority is health.
In this context, he explained in dialogue with the program Late but early that the quarantine will be carried out “without putting people’s health at risk”.
“We are in an exceptional situation, Argentina and the world never experienced this. The countries that opened the economy did not fare well”
In the extensive interview, the president referred to the situation of the prisoners, after the cacerolazo that the opposition promoted when the Justice ruled in favor of granting house prisons to detainees according to particular criteria.
“The truth is that the two decisions of the Chamber of Cassation were correct, later I do not know how they implemented it because I heard it said that they released people with convictions for very serious crimes,” said the president, in an opinion similar to that expressed by Twitter. two weeks ago, when he denounced a “malicious campaign” in the media and networks.
Cases in the villas
Fernández referred to the situation of the villas in the Federal Capital, whose number of positive cases triggered the district’s contagion curve.
The new cases the president attributed to the “level of overcrowding so great that the rate of transmission is impressive, if one catches it there the spread spreads very quickly.”
However, Alberto Fernández highlighted the management of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta in the face of the outbreak and assured that “he is acting with great responsibility.”
According to data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentines repatriated are around 90% but there is still a group that did not manage to return to the country.
Referring to these citizens, the president assured that “they are Argentines who went to try their luck abroad and have found that everything is complicated abroad and now they want to return.”
“They are no longer the ones who went on a trip, they are the ones who went to settle in places where they don’t have a job today,” he explained, although he later added that “as long as we can dispatch flights, they are welcome.”
Fernández was again considered for the possibility of taxing large fortunes and reiterated that it is not a tax but rather a “one-time contribution” in the midst of the coronavirus emergency.