December 13, 2013
Former president warns of ‘bad end’ to governmentWednesday, September 4, 2013
Eduardo Duhalde: ‘CFK has a psychological problem’
Former President Eduardo Duhalde yesterday said he believes President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “is suffering from a serious psychological problem,” and warned that the current government “could end very badly unless changes are made.”
“I know her, she has always had a very special personality,” Duhalde said, adding “people always commented on that: ‘Look at the state she’s in today, her screws must have come loose.’ She was always a personality that made people think she was not well.”
The Peronist figurehead also said that Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli “does not fool” him “when he says he is a Kirchnerite.”
With the “re-electionist fantasy disappeared,” the President “can come to reason” and “realize that the end will be very bad if there are no changes,” he said.
The former President added “although I am not a doctor,” Fernández de Kirchner’s “permanent changes in what she says, the essay-long tweets she writes that make us look bad every day,” manifest a “serious psychological problem, although not psychiatric.”
Scioli ‘not a Kirchnerite’
“Scioli may be able to fool others, but he is not a Kirchnerite in his conduct. He is a man of agreements, a man of good relations, completely different from the way Kirchnerism operates and acts,” Duhalde stated.
Asked who he thinks will be the next president, the 2011 candidate said that “Scioli, (Tigre Mayor Sergio) Massa and (Córdoba Governor José Manuel) de la Sota all stand a chance,” but he could not choose between the former two because “they are both friends and have the same characteristics.”
Duhalde expressed his belief that “we are going into a time when the government will reconsider things, because, if not, the president and the small group that supports her will be left alone.”
“The re-electionist fantasy did a lot of harm,” and “now with all the right to do so, three or four parties can start to think about the presidency.”
No ideas of priorities
Duhalde argued that the president has not been able to set priorities appropriately with a quip: “Tell me how much you spend on something and I will tell you how much it interests you.”
He went on to list “an example that has always worried me,” noting that one of his pet issues has long been preventing drug addiction. “The Drug Addiction Prevention Secretariat has spent less money than any small Greater Buenos Aires municipality. There is no idea on priorities,” he concluded.
Retained political weight
Duhalde gained a lot of his political power by leading the huge, and electorally pivotal, Buenos Aires province from 1991 to 1999. Prior to that he had been Carlos Menem’s vice-president for two years.
Duhalde has retained political weight since his brief term in office between 2002 and 2003, when he was designated as head of state by the Legislative Assembly as an emergency measure following Fernando de la Rúa’s resignation.
As president, Duhalde ended the one-to-one dollar parity exchange rate that has been attributed as a main cause of the 2001 economic crash, and officially entered Argentina into default. He also lifted De la Rúa’s “corralito” measure that restricted cash withdrawals, which triggered widespread rioting.
Although he significantly weathered the storm, Duhalde called elections six months ahead of schedule, which Néstor Kirchner won.
— Herald staff with DyN, Télam