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Sunday, August 12, 2012

National gov’t seeks to subjugate the BA City, Macri says

Amidst the political tug of war that has held hostage almost one million City commuters daily for the past ten days, BA City Mayor Mauricio Macri, reaffirmed its position to assert that the current situation is part of “several lies incurred by the national government.”

Thus, Macri responded to a TV spot released by the Nation’s Presidency and aired this weekend during the football games televised by the state-run TV channel 7 blaming the head of the right-wing PRO party for the ongoing situation as well for not investing as much as he could, not wanting to bring some new 45 train units bought by the national administration into service and let them rot away at the port’s customs, and for systematically denying to accept the management transfer of the City’s subway and tram system.

“The trains, that are still stored at the customs, arrived two years ago and have to be delivered to Metrovías by the national government as the latter is the one responsible for giving out the license to manage the system", Macri said.

“Absurdly, the government not only refuses to deliver the new units to Metrovías, but also refuses to deposit the funds [240 million pesos] they say they have already deposited into an account they say is under the name of the City government, which is a another lie because it is illegal to open a bank account on behalf of others, the account is under the name of the national government. So, they basically refuse to deposit money in a bank account of theirs.”

Likewise, Macri considered that he is afraid he can’t change “President’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s attitude aimed to harm hundreds of thousands of people just to submit them to her will, just the way she does it with journalists, provincial governors that respond to the ruling-party, and the Judiciary.”

“The national government’s behavior seeks one thing only, and that’s to subjugate the Buenos Aires City”, the Mayor concluded.

After the spot was aired, the City Deputy-Mayor María Eugenia Vidal wrote on her Twitter account: “The President [Cristina Fernández de Kirchner] uses the financial resources of the Argentine State to attack Mauricio Macri. They obviously have no limits.” 

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