Marco Peña, who has been appointed by president-elect Mauricio Macri as cabinet chief, met with the outgoing head of ministers Aníbal Fernández considering the gathering “positive.”• Peña, Prat-Gay key figures in new gov’t
The preparations for the handover of power before Mauricio Macri is sworn-in as president on December 10 appears to be on a more fortuitous track with at least two outgoing ministers holding key transition meetings with their successors.
The Victory Front (FpV) faced an unusually turbulent session in the Lower House of Congress, temporarily losing track of its lawmakers and quorum before eventually rounding up enough votes to pass a battery of bills in what was a stark break-down of party unity days after the ruling party lost the presidential race.
President-elect Mauricio Macri is deepening the pro-market profile of his new government. Jorge Triaca was named Labour minister — filling the one position in Macri’s cabinet that remained vacant after incoming Cabinet chief Marcos Peña announced the president-elect’s ministers.
Argentina will receive at least US$10 billion in foreign investment over the next year and some additional US$25 billion in 2017 from investors attracted by the neoliberal policies of Mauricio Macri.
While visiting the new laboratories of YPF state-run company located in Berisso President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner urged the future government to “retain” the Argentine scientists who have returned to the country to work on national development.
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France paid tribute to the 130 mostly young people killed two weeks ago in Paris by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in the most deadly attacks the nation has seen since World War Two.
Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa has rebuked president-elect Mauricio Macri’s calls for Mercosur to apply its so-called “democratic clause” to Venezuela. “The conditions are still not there to apply the clause,” the government official said, agreeing with his counterparts from Brazil and Paraguay.
Claims and counterclaims flew across Venezuela 24 hours after the brutal murder of a local opposition leader shook the country’s politics just days before a legislative election, sparking fears of a renewed wave of political violence in the country.
As Venezuela’s opposition blamed Wednesday night’s muder of a local opposition politician on the government, an attack, President Nicolás Maduro attributed the brutal slaughter at a town hall meeting to a “settling of scores between rival gangs.”• Don’t betray legacy • Opposition moves in on Chávez’s turf
“They want to kill me. I hold Nicolás Maduro directly responsible.” Those were the words from Lilian Tintori in a press conference, hours after a Venezuelan opposition politician was gunned down metres away from her during a campaign rally in Guárico state.
Maduro brands Almagro ‘rubbish’ after OAS, Chile, Uruguay express concern over violence
Scrapping a prepared script, Pope Francis addressed a packed Nairobi stadium with the down-to-earth and spontaneous style that has endeared him to Catholics and others around the world.• 'Dialogue vital to avert violence'
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