Argentina's Scioli Chooses `Good Greek' as Economy Minister

  • Batakis chosen after heading economy in Buenos Aires province
  • Batakis returned province to fiscal surplus in 2013 and 2014

Daniel Scioli, the ruling party candidate and front runner ahead of presidential elections on Oct. 25, said today he would name Silvina Batakis as his economy minister if he wins.

Batakis has served as economy minister for Buenos Aires province under Scioli’s governorship since 2011, managing to post a surplus in 2013 and 2014 after several years of deficits by carrying out a tax reform. Scioli frequently lauds her achievements, calling her the “Good Greek,” in reference to her cultural roots.

“Silvina has done a formidable job because the province of Buenos Aires seemed impossible, unviable,” Scioli said in an interview alongside Batakis on local TV station Channel 13.

Batakis, 46, studied economics at La Plata university and has a master in environmental economics from the University of York in the U.K.

Scioli, of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s political alliance, leads opposition candidates Mauricio Macri and Sergio Massa in polls ahead of the Oct. 25 vote. Scioli had 38.4 percent of intended votes against 28.8 percent for Macri and 20.5 percent for Massa, according to a poll of 1,200 people carried out by OPSM Sept. 25-Oct. 8.

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