BUENOS AIRES – President Mauricio Macri’s administration will be remembered for building “institutionality” and breaking the “vicious cycle” of corruption in Argentina, Justice Minister German Garavano said in an interview with EFE, adding that judges can now prosecute officials and executives involved in corruption cases after years of great “impunity.”
Garavano said that the 2003-2007 administration of Nestor Kirchner and the 2007-2015 administration of his wife, Cristina Fernandez saw the “best external conditions” to “develop the country” and improve the quality of life of the more than 30 percent of the population living in poverty
“Unfortunately, there is suspicion that all that surplus produced by the country over those 12 years went directly to corruption, instead of to those who need it the most,” the 49-year-old Garavano said at a time of great uncertainty fueled by the constant drops in parity of the Argentine peso against the United States dollar.
More than a dozen officials from the administration of former President Cristina Fernandez have been arrested, but Fernandez herself has immunity as a national senator.
Recently, however, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets demanding that the former president be stripped from her immunity, which requires a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate.
In Garavano’s opinion, the Macri administration will break away from the government’s crony practices, fostering “stronger” public institutions that better enforce the rule of law.