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Yearbook 2016

Argentina. Former Presidents Néstor Kirchner (2003–07) and his wife and successor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007–15) and people in their vicinity were increasingly focused on corruption charges during the year. President Mauricio Macri accused Kirchner and Fernández of allowing both corruption and drug trafficking to flourish freely during their terms of office, and was not late in portraying his own government as clean and prepared to clean up the consequences of their regime. Maria Eugenia Vidal, governor of Buenos Aires and party mate with Macri, even received death threats from drug leagues.

2016 Argentina

According to countryaah, Cristina Fernández was also repeatedly called to hear about misconduct from her time as president and which was under investigation. Among other things, she was suspected of tampering with the sale of government securities, for money laundering and for having favored public investment in her home province of Santa Cruz by her Deputy Minister of Infrastructure José López to a total value corresponding to 11% of government infrastructure investments. Most of the capital also went to a construction company that belonged to a related person to Kirchner and Fernández. López was arrested later in the year for receiving close to $ 9 million in bribes in exchange for favorable government procurement.

Fernandez has lost much of her political influence after leaving the presidential post, even within her faction of the Peronist Party, but began her political comeback in October at a mass meeting in Buenos Aires, aiming for the next presidential election. She accused Macri of endangering the country's economy by borrowing too much money and that the country was heading for a social disaster. In the same month, figures were published showing that 32% of the urban population lived below the poverty line. Macri replied that the figure was a reflection of Fernández's own policy. With regard to the state's economic policy, he also got the sign from the Supreme Court to raise energy prices to settle the state's budget deficit.

Following President Macri's audition with the Argentine-born Pope Francis in the Vatican in October, it became clear that the Catholic Church agreed to open its archives to clarify its role during the military dictatorship 1976-83. The church has long been accused of being too passive to the human rights crimes committed, or even actively participating in them. The documents will not be made publicly available but only for relatives of the missing and their lawyers. The pope, who was leader of Argentina's Jesuit orders during the 1970s, has himself been accused of silence about the abduction of two radical priests during the dictatorship.

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