December 10, 2013
Macri launches Consumer Price Index in BA city
Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri has launched today a price index to be “permanently audited by the civil society” in Argentina’s capital, in a move that steps up the pressure on the inflation controversy surrounding the CFK's administration. “Inflation is the most perverse tax citizens can be charged with,” Macri said.
In a press conference held at the city’s government house, the head of the PRO party questioned the credibility of the Indec statistics bureau calling official figures “fake.”
“Together with Venezuela, Argentina has the highest inflation rates in Latin America. It is a lie that we need inflation to grow, consume and live. That is the excuse of those who can not or do no want to solve it,” Macri insisted as he said his administration only tries to defend “central democratic values” such as “freedom” and “truth.”
In that sense, he took the opportunity to praise the approval of the “freedom of expression” bill by Buenos Aires city Legislature which the national government has blasted for allegedly “protecting” the Clarín media group in its long-standing dispute against the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration over the implementation of Argentina’s anti-monopoly media legislation.