ARGENTINA: That is not the right way, President Cristina

By Eddy Montilla.

Cristina Fernandez

By not running for any public office in the next legislative elections in Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez is somehow away from many Latin American presidents and other politicians who seem to swallow the key of their office to be inside of it as much as they can. Examples are plentiful: Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Leonel Fernandez in The Dominican Republic, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and hundreds of other politicians who seem to have written their respective Constitution with a pen, so that any article that prevents them from being reelected can be easily erased.

     It would be a misinterpretation, however, to consider my comments a shower of praise for her. People don’t need more than a minute to get accustomed to giving orders and this lady has almost 10 years as president and more than two decades holding public office and that’s why it is hard to imagine her leaving suddenly the political arena. It is true: Cristina Fernandez will not run for any office in this year’s general elections, but Daniel Scioli, who has emerged as the front-runner in the opinion polls is a close ally of the President Fernandez and the legal and technical secretary to the presidency, Carlos Zannini, will be Scioli’s running mate. If that is not enough, her own son, Maximo Kirchner will seek a seat in the House of Deputies for Santa Cruz provice. Here, the sensible thing would be to ask what is the Kirchnerist political movement? A political system to work for the best future of Argentina or a political circle of friends and relatives to seize power?

     It is time to break with the bad practice in Latin America of the political leaders who believe themselves to be in possession of the power and public office. They usually use their finger to name the next congressman, the next president, etc. to guarantee the continuity of their position while the most qualified people can only dream and aspire in vain. If this illogical and retrograde system does not change today, then, tomorrow we will see in Argentina Fernandez’s son, Fernandez’s grandson and so on and the same situation in other Latin American countries forever and ever, but, of course, without my Amen.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

Copyright 2015 All rights reserved.

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