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Duhalde: 'CFK presidency would be attacked internationally'

Eduardo Duhalde on Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Roberto Lavanga and Argentina's current economic woes.

Sunday 20 January, 2019
Former President Eduardo Duhalde.
Former President Eduardo Duhalde. Foto:PABLO CUARTEROLO-Perfil

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Former President Eduardo Duhalde says a government led by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would be "attacked internationally" if she were to win the 2019 presidential elections.

"I believe the past is not coming back and in the current situation, in which there is a current heading in another direction, a government of these characteristics would not only lack support but it would be attacked internationally", Duhalde told Radio Diez on Saturday, when asked about the prospects of Senator Fernández de Kirchner winning in October.

On the contrary, Duhalde believed former Economy minister in Néstor Kirchner's government, Roberto Lavanga, could stand a chance at forming a strong government if he were to run for office and win.

Lavanga, Duhalde said, was "a rational man who gets along with all sectors. He is a very serious and responsible man".

"I don't believe Lavanga is divisive, on the contrary. I admired him and I believe he is a patriot... I believe he's the ideal candidate for our times. He hasn't announced his candidacy but I believe he's the right man", he added.

Asked about Argentina's current economic difficulties, Duhalde downplayed the comparison's to his tumultuous time in office when Argentina was gripped by crisis.

"The ways out are very simple, much simpler than when we governed in 2002, when we were in default. There were no banks, we had no money, they would not lend us a peso and we got out of it because of the enormous possibility this country has if it makes the most of them", he said.



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