December 6, 2013
'Call me miserable when I rule, I don't mind,' Macri
Paying Spain’s Repsol for the expropriation of YPF and the re-privatization of Argentina’s flag carrier might be among BA City Mayor Mauricio Macri decisions if he gets to the presidency in 2015, he told reporters today.
“If I were president I would make YPF work, I would pay what it is owed,” Macri said in statements to media that come right alter Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo publicly considered the best solution for both countries will be a “negotiaed way out” and a compensation payment over the expropriation of Repsol’s majority 51 stake in Argentina’s energy company last year.
In a similar direction, the head of the PRO party questioned the current state administration of Aerolíneas Argentinas –Argnetina’s largest airline and flag carrier, once in the hands of Spanish companies. “It does not matter if it is run by the state or the private sector,” Macri affirmed adding he would seek “the best solution to stop spending 20 million pesos every day.”
“It doesn’t upset me to be called a miserable when I govern. You have to be very austere, you cannot go doing experiments with people’s money,” the Mayor considered as he recalled the anecdote when ex football player Diego Maradona nicknamed him “Cartonero Báez” –“Scavenger Báez”- when Macri was the president of the Boca Juniors team and faced Boca players over contract and salary negotiations.
During the interview, Mauricio Macri also ratified his agreement with Tigre Mayor Sergio Massa to challenge Kirchnerism in October´s legislative elections. “We don’t have an alliance with Sergio Massa, we have an agreement so that votes are not split,” Macri said although Renewal Front leader Massa has repeatedly denied any deal with the PRO party.