October 31, 2014
Capitanich says G6 wants to 'govern' country, advises group to 'run in elections'
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich responded to criticism by the so called G6 group of Argentina’s top business leaders who have fiercely opposed the government-sponsored anti-hoarding bill to be addressed by the Senate today.
“This kind of statements, attitudes and media strategies the only thing they do is to evidence that Argentina’s most powerful concentrated economic groups seek to rule the country. If they pretend to govern, what they have to do is to show up in the elections but not use part of the political system as a battering arm or mere managers of their own interests,” the head of ministers said in his daily press conference at the government house this morning.
Capitanich’s comments come a day after the so called G6 group - that brings together the country’s main private-sector business leaders -, issued a statement rejecting a government-fueled bill that aims at amending current anti-hoarding legislation.
According to the cabinet chief, the statement warning the G6 will go to court if the project is passed involves an “intimidating” nature, adding it is “part of a strategy to protect the interests of concentrated groups.”
With the Senate also scheduled to debate on consumer defence bills today, Capitanich pointed out these projects have also received “excessive attacks by concentrated groups,” warning the projects only seek to “foster production and job.”
“It is necessary to protect the two ends of the chain, the producer and consumer, they both complain simultaneously,” the ex Chaco province governor stated considering a “fallacy” the G6’s criticism of the bills.
Saying the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration does not “discourage production and employment,” Capitanich affirmed that it is small and medium enterprises that create more jobs in Argentina, which will be excluded from the new anti-hoarding law.