This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
ARGENTINIAN President Mauricio Macri is likely to lose October’s elections, polls at the weekend suggested, in what would be a major blow to imperialism in Latin America.
Mr Macri, whose campaign has been bankrolled by financiers, millionaires and private companies, looks set to lose out to a coalition including former president Cristina Kirchner.
She is the vice-presidential candidate of the Justicialist Party, whose presidential contender is Alberto Fernandez. The pair have a 5 per cent lead over Mr Macri, according to “practically all the main opinion companies.”
“The difference ranges from four to five points in surveys conducted by phone. However, the difference is greater in surveys conducted in person,” reported Buenos Aires tabloid Pagina 12.
With just eight days to go before primary elections, the pair are credited with a greater lead by Spanish company Celag, the only organisation that conducts face-to-face surveys.
It has Mr Fernandez gaining 42.5 per cent of preferences, with Mr Macri attracting just 33.5 per cent of the vote.
Pagina 12, which has Peronist sympathies, argues that the Celag poll is particularly significant, since many poorer Argentinians are unable to take part in telephone surveys.
Defeat for Mr Macri would be a blow for the financial institutions and corporations which have bankrolled his campaign.
Mr Fernandez has accused Mr Macri of being “owned” by the IMF. The president has massively increased his personal wealth while overseeing IMF-imposed public spending cuts and austerity.
Argentina has an inflation rate of 55 per cent, compared with just 2.3 per cent in neighbouring Bolivia under Evo Morales.
In just one year, 2017, Mr Macri increased his personal assets by 50 per cent, declaring a patrimony of 99 million pesos (US$2.2 million).
“As the old saying goes, you have to slap a pig to know who the owner is,” Mr Fernandez said. “I criticise Macri and it’s the IMF that answers.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.