President Alberto Fernandez He acknowledged this Thursday that the expropriation of the Vicentin company was a “mistake” and also assured that he would like to have the former Minister of Economy and presidential candidate Roberto Lavagna as one of the members of his cabinet.
“I always take his criticisms well, because he is a man who knows and an honest man. I believe in your intellectual honesty. I do not necessarily share them, “he said in relation to Lavagna, who last week published a public letter in which he criticized the” populist and adjustment “policies that, together with the pandemic, led to the current socioeconomic situation, with high rates of poverty and indigence.
Who would not want to have a man like Roberto Lavagna in government. He is a man of enormous value. But he has expressed to me his will not to return to public service
The president assured that both spoke at Christmas and that he hopes to be able to meet Lavagna again soon. “More than criticism of the economy, he proposed objectives for the economy. And we do not strongly disagree on those objectives. Throughout the year, we had different views on some aspects and it gives me the impression that we were right. That does not allow me to be 100% sure of what I believe. Listening to Roberto is always very valuable. I make a difference between him and the deputies who claim to represent him because there I see a more obstructionist behavior, more competitive with the Government, ”the president added in statements to Radio 10.
Regarding a possible incorporation of the former minister to the current government, Fernández said: “Who would not want to have a man like Roberto Lavagna in government. He is a man of enormous value. But he has expressed to me his will not to return to public service and in that I respect him a lot ”.
The president also made a self-criticism about the expropriation of the Vicentin company, which his government promoted in June of this year through a decree that was later repealed. “We needed the contest of wills of all who wanted to accompany. As the matter was raised, it was us against an entire people, against an entire economic sector that defended it, which was the countryside, “he said.
“Actually, doing it in that context was saving the lives of those who had generated the Vicentin crisis. If we had all agreed, at that time, the State would have taken charge, could have taken charge, could have specified the possibility of having a witness company and we would have been able to recover it. But it was not what happened. They all turned against us. The producers said they were going to stop sending cereals to Vicentin. What were we going to do? We were just going to save the potatoes from the fire that the Nardelli and company had set, ”the president wondered.
“I almost felt like a fool. So I’m going to end up being Santa Claus to these people. That was what made me back down ”, he was honest. “Now, it is true, they long for the possibility of the State to intervene, but now they allowed everything to be destroyed, they allowed what little was left to escape, now they do not collect their salaries. Those are lessons also for the society that is carried away by banners promoted by Channel 13, Clarín and La Nación and say that we are Venezuela. They are out of work and the newspapers continue to sell ”, he concluded.
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