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[Reportage] Fascinated by their president, the Argentinians demand change

2019-08-13T22:52:04.519Z

On Tuesday, the peso continued to plummet on the foreign exchange market. The Argentine currency lost up to 30% of its value against the dollar before recovering at the end of the day. Argentina is again affected by a serious depreciation of its currency, ...



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Distribution of free meals to protesters, homeless people and the unemployed during a protest against Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires, May 1, 2019. REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian

On Tuesday, the peso continued to plummet on the foreign exchange market. The Argentine currency lost up to 30% of its value against the dollar before recovering at the end of the day. Argentina is again affected by a serious depreciation of its currency, two days after the compulsory primary for all parties and two months of general elections. A vote that was not favorable to Mauricio Macri. The outgoing president came a long way behind opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez. Tired of the Macri government's austerity policy, the Argentinians are clamoring for a change of course. Reportage.

With our correspondent in Buenos Aires, Aude Villiers-Moriamé

In the streets of Almagro, a small middle-class neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Eva Luna is in no hurry. This domestic worker finished her day and finally returns home.

" I was happy when I learned the results on Sunday, " she says. I was looking forward to it. It's been four years that we live badly. I work on time and I do not earn enough money to survive. "

Same observation for Camila Gonderheide. The 22-year-old student's daily life was very affected by the economic crisis affecting Argentina and the austerity measures adopted by the Macri government to respond to it.

" I had to reduce my expenses for food, photocopies for university, transportation, " she says. I had to move to live closer to the university. I hope these results will be repeated in October and that Macri will leave power. "

On Monday, President Macri insinuated that the collapse of the stock market and the Argentine peso was a sanction to the massive vote of the Argentineans for his rival, less appreciated than him of the financial markets.

â–º See also: General elections in Argentina: Fernandez largely dominates the primaries

An argument of bad loser for Carlos Novo, caretaker who refuses to vote to satisfy the markets.

" There is discontent and people have expressed it at the polls," he says. Thanks to God we have lived in a democracy since 1983. People vote democratically and we must respect it. "

On Tuesday on Twitter, the hashtag "Macri take your responsibilities" was the most used on the social network in Argentina.

Source: rfi

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