The outgoing president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, decided to postpone the visit he planned to make next week to Pope Francis, which will take place once he is installed in Spain after finishing his term, official sources confirmed on Saturday.

The sources consulted explained that Fernández made this decision because "he must continue with the tasks that the transition demands" with a view to the investiture of the libertarianJavier Milei as the new head of state of Argentina on December 10.

"The visit to the supreme pontiff will be rescheduled for when he is already installed in Spain after leaving the government on December 10," the sources added.

In an interview published Saturday by the Spanish newspaper El País, Fernández said that he has "some proposals" to move to Spain and teach there.

"I think it's OK for him to take a step back. Felipe Gonzalez used to say that former presidents are Chinese vases, because we are valuable but they don't know where to put us. We have to let those who arrive be able to work without having what we had from day one, which was the permanent harassment of not letting us do what we did," said the Peronist president.

Fernandez, 64, who during his term in office did not stop teaching criminal law at the University of Buenos Aires, had announced last Thursday that he would travel next week to Rome to hold an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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