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Argentine President Mauricio Macri at a farewell rally at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Plaza de Mayo Square, Buenos Aires, December 7, 2019. ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AF

On Tuesday, December 10, Mauricio Macri will cede his post to Peronist Alberto Fernández. This Saturday in Buenos Aires, the liberal president bid farewell to thousands of supporters gathered in the square of May.

With our correspondent in Buenos Aires, Aude Villiers-Moriamé

Despite the hits at full volume, the atmosphere was downright morose on the Place de Mai, in front of the presidential palace. Silvia, her back covered with a sky blue and white flag, the colors of Argentina, did not have the heart at the party. " It's very sad, very strong, what we live. We will soon have a new government, new people in power. I hope it will be Fernandez and not Cristina who will govern! "

Many supporters of Mauricio Macri are worried that Cristina Kirchner will return to power. The former president (2007-2015) and future vice president of Alberto Fernández is indicted in several cases for corruption.

Leandro Arana is also not happy about the upcoming change of government. But this thirty-year-old admits that Mauricio Macri made mistakes. " I think he did good things, about state modernization, transparency, infrastructure. But in economic matters, it was very bad, and that's what cost him re-election. "

►Also read: Argentina: the disastrous economic record of Mauricio Macri

Four years of " difficult " mandate

Argentina has been in a serious economic and social crisis since last year . According to the Argentine Catholic University, 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. The country's GDP is expected to contract further by 3.1% in 2019.

Mauricio Macri acknowledged that his four years in office had been " more difficult " than he had imagined, and called on his supporters to remain mobilized. He will hand the presidential scarf to Alberto Fernández on Tuesday, December 10 at the Congress.

►To read also: Back to power, will Peronism succeed in reviving the Argentine economy ?