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Tomada hits back at poverty level critics

Work Minister Carlos Tomada has defended the work carried out by the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration in lowering the level of poverty in Argentina, after the decision to postpone the release of poverty figures provoked widespread criticism in the past week.

"We are protagonists in a historic era, the most important process of social inclusion seen in contemporary Argentine history," the minister signalled, during an interview held today with Telám.

Tomada pointed out that in 2014, "there are more than 12 million Argentines who have rights they did not have before May 25, 2003," referencing the date that the late Néstor Kirchner assumed the presidency.

"We know there is still a way to go, but the things still missing are there on the path we are following, and nobody is going to throw us off that path."

The politician added that opposition figures' criticisms were not going to change the minds of those who had benefitted from more than a decade of Kirchnerite administration.

"What really worries them is that they will never managed to convince those who are already convinced, by way of millions of new jobs, the Universal Child Benefit, youths who have improved their incomes through PROGRESAR, the housing policies of PROCREAR, the accessibility millions now have to water, electricity, gas and sewer services and in all that we have advanced, and will continue advancing," he explained.

"We will carry on working alongside the president for a better distribution of wealth, knowledge and the word."
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