Argentina's Fernandez joins leftist leaders for 'Puebla Group' summit

By Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez joined the inaugural meeting of the so-called Puebla Group in Buenos Aires on Saturday, a conference of left-leaning regional political leaders. Fernandez, who is considered a moderate Peronist, has maintained close ties with some of the region's left and center-left leaders, including Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom he met with last week on his first foreign trip as president-elect. 'We are going to stand up Latin America with all of you,' Fernandez said at the opening of the meeting, adding that the region has endured difficult times as a result of 'conservatism.' Fernandez and the other attendees of the meeting celebrated the release from prison on Friday of Brazil's leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a strong rival of right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, with whom Fernandez has openly sparred

Reuters November 10, 2019 02:10:53 IST
Argentina's Fernandez joins leftist leaders for 'Puebla Group' summit

Argentinas Fernandez joins leftist leaders for Puebla Group summit

By Nicolás Misculin

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez joined the inaugural meeting of the so-called Puebla Group in Buenos Aires on Saturday, a conference of left-leaning regional political leaders.

Fernandez, who is considered a moderate Peronist, has maintained close ties with some of the region's left and center-left leaders, including Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whom he met with last week on his first foreign trip as president-elect.

"We are going to stand up Latin America with all of you," Fernandez said at the opening of the meeting, adding that the region has endured difficult times as a result of "conservatism."

Fernandez and the other attendees of the meeting celebrated the release from prison on Friday of Brazil's leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a strong rival of right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, with whom Fernandez has openly sparred. Lula sent a recorded greeting to the summit.

Fernandez glided to victory over conservative incumbent Mauricio Macri in the Oct. 27 presidential elections with the help of voters, particularly those in poverty, who preferred the leftist policies and social spending of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Fernandez's vice presidential running mate. The two are not related.

The meeting of the Puebla Group, which proposes alternative policies to neoliberalism, was attended by more than 30 leaders and former leaders, including Brazil's former leftist President Dilma Rousseff, former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica and the former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

(This story corrects 4th paragraph to say former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a video greeting, not current President Bolsonaro).

(Reporting by Nicolas Misculin; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Mexico's Senate approves sweeping cannabis legalization bill
World

Mexico's Senate approves sweeping cannabis legalization bill

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Senate approved a sweeping cannabis legalization bill in a lopsided 82 to 18 vote on Thursday, paving the way for the creation of the world's largest legal marijuana market if the initiative passes the next hurdle in the lower house of Congress. Lawmakers are rushing to secure approval before the end of the current congressional session in mid-December

Oil prices slip as surge in virus cases raises concerns about demand
Business

Oil prices slip as surge in virus cases raises concerns about demand

By Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices slipped on Thursday as hopes for a vaccine were overshadowed by a surge in new cases of the coronavirus around the world, which raised concerns about the outlook for crude demand. Brent crude settled down 14 cents to $44.20 a barrel

Global Markets: Stocks rise, dollar falls on talk of new U.S. stimulus
Business

Global Markets: Stocks rise, dollar falls on talk of new U.S. stimulus

By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks rallied while the dollar fell on Thursday, and oil settled lower but rose after hours following a report that U.S.