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Kicillof blames 'media campaigns' that 'discourage' Argentineans

Economy Minister Axel Kicillof announces an agreement with the energy sector to control fuel prices.

Economy Minister Axel Kicillof condemned what he called “media campaigns” that “discourage” the population leading people to “make bad decisions” and denounced price-fixing, “speculative maneuvers.” The Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration is working to defend Argentineans’ pockets, Kicillof affirmed.

The head of economic affairs granted an interview this morning to a radio station a day after announcing the new consumer price index (IPCNu) which reported that January’s inflation has been of 3.7 percent.

According to Kicillof, there are “media campaigns that create discouragement in people.” “There are polls where people consider that this year they will do fine or even better but that the country will do wrong. This is the result of media campaigns that create discouragement and this is bad because people then make bad decisions,” he stated and urged the opposition to "tell Argentineans the truth" about their own governing agenda.

For the economy minister, right-wing groups have “adjusting, recessive and regressive” plans. “They want to reduce public spending. They must talk to people with the truth,” he told reporters. “Do they want to reduce pensions, public works, children allowances?” he complaint.

“We are working to defend people’s pocket, so that they do not suffer speculative maneuvers that do Argentineans wrong,” Kicillof insisted and affirmed the government is hammering out a “battery of measures” to attack the rise in prices which yesterday he said are decided by “the private sector and not by the state."

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