Frente de Todos presidential hopeful Alberto Fernández warned yesterday that, should he win election in October, "the first years" of government would be "difficult," due to Argentina's "decimated" economy.
"If I win, I know that the first years of my management will be difficult because I will receive a decimated economy [from President Mauricio Macri]. The Government also cut the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by half," said Fernandez, who returned to Argentina on Monday after a brief tour of Spain, during which he gave lectures at universities and met with politicians, including Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.
Fernández, speaking to the Todo Noticias (TN) news-channel, criticised the Mauricio Macri administration's economic policy, claiming Argentines were going hungry amid the recession.
"We are proud to produce food for 400 million people but we cannot solve hunger in Argentina," he said.
Quizzed as to whether he would make legislative changes to tackle food poverty, Fernández said he would not seek constitutional changes to protect the nation's poorest, but said he would rather introduce new, effective policies.
"We must not change it [the Constitution], but we need another social contract because it is unacceptable that there is hunger," he declared.
Addressing fears in the market and among investors that Argentina would not pay down its debt, Fernández assured viewers that he would.