Fernandez Bickers With Macri Over Argentina Transition Ceremonyby
Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner complained today about the behavior of her successor President-elect Mauricio Macri while discussing details of the swearing ceremony scheduled to take place on Thursday.
" I have to confess that I was surprised by the exulted-- euphemism for yelling-- verbiage of the president-elect," Fernandez said referring to a telephone conversation she held yesterday with Macri to discuss the transfer of power at Casa Rosada, as the nation’s presidential palace is known. She issued the comments in an article published in her website, which main quotes were also tweeted in her account.
Fernandez and Macri are at odds by the protocol of the swearing ceremony. While Fernandez wants the Congress to relay the Presidential band, Macri seeks to have the transition at the presidential palace. The ceremony is an "institutional act" therefore "should take place at the Congress," Fernandez said in the article.
Fernandez vowed to break the silence about her discrepancies with Macri. "I’ll not tolerate in silence, as until now, the personal and public mistreatment" displayed by Macri since winning the presidential election, Fernandez wrote.
President-elect Macri, who takes office Dec. 10, pledged during the campaign to remove import restrictions and currency controls and let the peso float freely on his first day in office. He won the November 22 elections with 51.4 percent of the vote against 48.6 percent for the ruling party’s Daniel Scioli, ending 12 years of leftist ruling led by the late Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
In responding to Fernandez’ comments Argentina’s vice president-elect Gabriela Michetti defended Macri by saying in her Twitter account that he "is not disrespectful to anyone." Michetti reiterated the incoming administration’s plans of having the transition ceremony at the Congress to then head to the presidential palace to receive the presidential band from Fernandez. "If the incumbent president rejects this, it will be members of the Supreme Court who will perform the hand over," she added.