BUENOS AIRES In her last speech as Argentine president, Cristina Fernandez on Wednesday entreated the thousands of supporters gathered to bid her farewell in the center of Buenos Aires to make certain that her legacy is not destroyed.
The rally marked the end of 12 years of leftist populism beneath Fernandez and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner. On Thursday, conservative Mauricio Macri, who won a run-off election last month, will be sworn in as president.
“We believe in what we have achieved so we need to have to have a good attitude to guarantee that these issues will not be destroyed,” Fernandez told a sea of supporters in the Plaza de Mayo in front of La Casa Rosa presidential palace.
For the duration of her speech, the divisive leader also expressed outrage at Macri for seeking a court injunction affirming her term ends at midnight in the wake of their row over the location of the handover ceremony.
“I cannot speak extended simply because at midnight I turn into a pumpkin,” she quipped.
Fernandez will skip Macri’s swearing-in, government officials stated. It would be the first time since the 1983 end of Argentina’s military dictatorship that a president has not attended the inauguration of an elected successor.
Fernandez is revered by numerous Argentines for expanding welfare advantages, nationalizing some companies and introducing new civil rights like gay marriage. A single supporter held aloft a heart-shaped cardboard cutout saying: “Thank you for 12 years of equality, egalitarianism, inclusion and sovereignty.”
Her critics say she developed a handout culture and choked Latin America’s third largest economy with interventionist policies. Macri has vowed to get rid of state controls on the economy and conduct a lot more orthodox policies.
Martin Sosa, an 18-year-old student, mentioned he feared Macri would return Argentina to the neoliberal 1990s.
“I am grateful to this government due to the fact it gave us back our dignity by helping the poor. It gave us perform, opened factories, improved access to public education and healthcare,” he said.
“I am worried Macri will undo all this. He represents wealthy people.”
Fernandez’s celebration, the Front for Victory, nevertheless holds the most seats in the legislature and could make it difficult for Macri to implement wholesale adjust.
Macri will also struggle to reel in unsustainable state spending without having bringing Argentines onto the streets.
That said, some modify is inevitable, according to private economists. Foreign reserves in Argentina are operating precariously low, capital controls have stunted investment and inflation is around 25 percent.
(Additional Reporting by Richard Lough and Hugh Bronstein Editing by Grant McCool and Leslie Adler)