BUENOS AIRES – Former President Cristina Fernandez, now running for the Senate, urged Argentines to use the upcoming legislative elections to put limits on the government of successor Mauricio Macri.
“We have a government that promised us the moon and stars: zero poverty, that there would be no giant utility rate hikes, that no worker would pay tax on income, that everything good would be respected and that only what was bad would be changed or improved,” she told the estimated 100,000 people who filled the stands and the field at a soccer stadium in Buenos Aires.
But after 20 months of the conservative Cambiemos (Let’s Change) coalition, it is clear that Macri’s “only loyalty” is to big business and the wealthy, Fernandez said.
The former head of state, who is seeking to represent Buenos Aires province in the Senate, was joined at the rally by other leading candidates of her Citizen Unity alliance.
Fernandez, who served in both houses of Congress before succeeding late husband Nestor Kirchner as president, said that what Argentines need is “an idea, a hope and dream” that things can change.
Macri has pursued austerity policies that pushed unemployment and poverty higher while doing little to curb the high inflation that was among his chief criticisms of the 2007-2015 Fernandez administration.
The latest polls forecast a victory for Cambiemos in next Sunday’s ballot.
“We can and we must win. So, every one of you must convince two people who didn’t vote (in the August primaries) of the necessity of putting a stop and setting a limit to the government, not for us, but for all Argentines,” Fernandez told the rally.