September 19, 2014
Duhalde: Scioli, 'kind of man Argentina needs'
It might be still a long way ahead to the 2015 presidential run but some politicians are already putting forward their candidacy wishes. Ex President Eduardo Duhalde, for instance, thinks Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli has “lots of chances” to succeed Cristina Fernández de Kirchner while Renewal Front head Sergio Massa “should not jump over steps.”
“(Daniel) Scioli is a man who does not even have a national deputy, who only has three provincial deputies, who has been put under fire for years. He is a man of reunion. Scioli rejects fighting and he is always trying to convince (others). That is the kind of man Argentina needs,” Duhalde said in statements to media this morning.
About Peronism, Duhalde hesitated whether the political movement he has historically belonged to should be the one to rule the South American country in 2015, but pointed out that if the governor of the province of Buenos Aires manages to “work with order and unity” he should have “lots of possibilities” to become Argentina’s next leader.
For the ex vice president during Carlos Menem's first administration and governor of the Province of Buenos Aires from 1991-1999, Scioli “has been put under fire” – mostly and precisely for his conciliatory stance, accused by some Kirchnerites of political betrayal and lack of loyalty to the Cristina Fernández government -, but still he shows a policy of a “Franciscan” nature, Duhalde said in reference to the Argentine pope.
Meanwhile, the former president of Argentina during the 2002-2003 political transition that followed the country’s harsh economic crisis and historic default considered new opposition face Sergio Massa a “modern man” but recommended the head of the Renewal Front alliance “not to jump over steps.” “Experience is worthy,” Duhalde stated.