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ARGENTINA | 21-03-2019 15:29

Fired-up Macri attacks opponents over 'lies' and proposed 'short-cuts'

President Macri faces an uphill battle for reelection during October's general and presidential elections.

President Mauricio Macri on Thursday described feeling "angry" at his political opponents for promising to voters that Argentina could easily recover from its current economic crisis.

"I'm angry if you hadn't noticed. Lies have always made me angry", the President told an open Cabinet meeting at the CCK cultural centre.

"It's unbearable, I cannot take it anymore. We're talking about years of harming generations of people and of throwing opportunities out the window", he told his officials, taking aim at former Peronist governments.

Macri said he was tired of hearing "these people who propose magical short-cuts" to solve Argentina's economic problems.

"It is a magic solution that disconnects us, that relieves us of having to climb this mountain, which we should climb with pride, dedication and conviction", he added.

The head of state insisted he was "more convinced than ever" about the policy direction his government has pursued since taking office in late 2015.

In an indirect criticisms of presidential hopeful Roberto Lavanga, Macri said: "I hear some people saying that this (the economy) is fixed by growing. Who doesn't want to grow? Who doesn't want to grow? To grow, we need to fix the basics".

"Clearly we've got to pull our weight, struggle a little bit more", Macri added, "because everything we inherited cannot be fixed from one day to the next".

"[I'm] convinced that we're on the right track, at the right time, because we are the generation that has come to change history forever", he said.


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