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Montoya: I’ll run for governor in 2015 alongside Nicolás Scioli

By Fermín Koop
Herald Staff
The head of Banco Provincia (Bapro) Grupo Santiago Montoya confirmed yesterday that he will run for Buenos Aires province governor in 2015 along with Nicolás Scioli, the brother of the current provincial leader Daniel Scioli and vice-president of the Bapro Group. At the same time, Montoya confirmed Scioli will seek to become president and stressed his positive relationship with gambling company Boldt, currently questioned by legally-troubled Vice-President Amado Boudou.

“I want to be the candidate of the people and I want to deal with the people’s problems. I have the capacity to lead Buenos Aires province and I will do it with Nicolás Scioli,” Montoya said yesterday while touting that the provincial company had received a quality-control certification. “We’ve gone through a period with lots of political confrontations,” Montoya said. “Now we have to start doing things without unncecesary fights.”

The biggest surpriseof yesterday’s announcement was Nicolás Scioli’s candidacy, who was supposed to run for Tigre mayor in a battle against Sergio Massa’s Renewal Front. This will be his first political campaign.

If elected, Montoya said he will focus on the fiscal situation of the province and vowed to maintain fiscal balance.

“We need to focus on the fiscal situation of the province. We will maintain and achieve an even better fiscal balance if elected. I can guarantee the province will receive the income it needs,” Montoya said, making a veiled reference to co-participation funds.

When asked about Boldt gaming company, currently questioned by Boudou following the investigation over alleged corruption by the Kirchnerite official, Montoya said he is “satisfied” with the three-year contract the Bapro Group has with the company to inspect lottery in the province and said “there’s nothing weird about it.”

“It’s a good relationship, we never had any threats or problems. Boldt is a company that works all around the world and we are satisfied with them,” Montoya said. “There’s nothing weird about the company. If you want to find something odd, you can look for it somewhere else.”

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