July 23, 2014
Kicillof denies poverty rate hike
Economy Minister Axel Kicillof today said poverty levels have “surely lowered” in Argentina during kirchnerite administrations due to consistent GDP growth and the creation of “6 million jobs,” blasting opposition leaders who sparked a controversy around poverty figures in the country, as the INDEC statistics bureau failed to deliver both poverty and indigence figures this week.
“If GDP doubled and 6 million jobs were created, no one can believe poverty levels didn’t drop”, Kicillof told reporters.
The head of the Economy Ministry added that “during the last 10 years, 1,600 collective bargain agreements were signed, drinking water networks were constructed and social housing plans executed.”
Kicillof considered there is a “clear political intention” in those who criticize “these achievements” and argue poverty rates have increased: “They intend to mislead the population into thinking the country is doing badly and justify economic austerity measures.”