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LATIN AMERICA | 07-10-2018 22:39

CFK, Dilma Rousseff to meet in BA for leftist summit against G20

As Donald Trump and other leaders descend on Argentina's capital, so too will some of the world's left-wing heavyweights like Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Dilma Rousseff, Pablo Iglesias, Ernesto Samper, Álvaro García Linera and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas.

An alternative meeting to the G20 leaders summit will take place two weeks before world leaders including US president Donald Trump gather in Buenos Aires, a source close to former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner told AFP on Saturday.

The former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and Argentina’s Fernández de Kirchner are among the list of invitees, as are the leader of the Spanish political movement Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, and Bolivian vice-president, Álvaro García Linera.

Activities will take place from November 19 to 23 in the Argentine capital. Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper and the founder of the magazine Le Monde Diplomatique Ignacio Ramonet will also attend.

The summit, in opposition to the G20 meeting, will also bring to town the former mayor of Mexico City Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and a bishop with close ties to Pope Francisco, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, among other speakers.

The organiser of the event —called the World Forum of Critical Thought— is the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), which is aiming to bring together "international leaders representing and expressing the ideals of the struggle for more just and egalitarian societies”.

The G20 summit will be held on Friday, November 30 and on Saturday, December 1. Argentina is currently dealing with an economic crisis.

The Mauricio Macri government this year requested and received an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan to stabilise the country’s economy.

Macri, leader of an alliance of rightists and social democrats, took charge of the government of Latin America’s third largest economy at the end of 2015, as successor and opponent of the former Peronist president Fernández de Kirchner.

Fernández de Kirchner stands accused in an ongoing corruption investigation involving alleged bribes stemming from public works contracts and illegal financing of her party’s election campaigns. The former head of state has complained of being the victim of political persecution.

Former President Rousseff was removed from office in 2016, accused of modifying budget items. Rousseff described the decision against her as a coup.

-AFP, translated by TIMES

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