December 10, 2013
COLUMNISTs ROUND-UPMonday, October 7, 2013
Views and opinions from yesterday’s newspapers
Clarín’s Julio Blanck on a sick administration:
On Saturday, the government announced that the president was given a month off because of a chronic subdural haematoma. Will CFK surrender the reins to Vice-President Amado Boudou, who is being investigated by the courts and has the worst image a politician ever had in the country?
If so, how will her government and party cope with the political defeat they will most probably suffer in the coming election?
But even before this shock, other problems sieged the government. Domestic Trade Secretary Guillermo Moreno recently confessed to some friendly unionists that he “was out.” For the time being, Moreno is one of the closest officials to the president. There are several other officials who still remain in their seats even after humiliating mistakes that seriously harmed the government. It could be concluded that this is an administration that rewards failure. Failure and corruption.
Página/12’s Horacio Verbitsky on Uruguay’s offensive:
Uruguayan president José Mujica blamed the lack of agreement regarding the increase of the UPM paper mill production on Argentina’s electoral process. It is clear that in every campaign there is great tension and people’s moods snap easier. But Uruguay is also involved in a political campaign, although their election won’t take place in a month, but in a year.
Mujica is also facing one of the most difficult times of his extensive political career.
Argentina is now between a rock and a hard place: either it gives in to Uruguay’s unilateral decision and loses face internationally, or it acts in the same unfriendly way, cancelling all benefits enjoyed by Uruguay, which could escalate into a bitter enmity between sister countries.
Argentina has stated in several occasions that in order to approve the request it needs more information and documentation, but Uruguay keeps delaying the delivery of those documents.
La Nación’s Joaquín Morales Solá on on presidential pressure:
It’s not politics but sickness that changes the Kirchners’ fate. The announcement of Fernández de Kirchner’s haematoma shocked the political arena. Her absence will last a month and will spare her from having to face the most adverse election in her political career. She has already lost the primaries and, according to most surveys, will lose again on October 27. There seems to be a correlation between political decadence and physical weakness.
For the time being, the presidential health is a mystery even to her own doctors. Why did they consult with a renowned neurologist? Why was she prescribed a month off now if her condition was chronic?
The Kirchner couple has always been prone to secrecy, most of all regarding health issues. But secrecy raises suspicion and distrust.