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Argentina: the dawn of a new era

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Argentina: the dawn of a new era

  • Argentina gets a new president
  • Mauricio Macri is centre-right
  • Predecessor Cristina Fernandez boycotts handover ceremony
  • Macri vows to work for “all” Argentinians

Mauricio Macri has been sworn in as president of Argentina.

The 56-year-old has vowed to tackle poverty, corruption and drug trafficking.

His predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, boycotted the ceremony due to a row over where the handover of power should take place.

It is the first time since 1983 that a president has not attended the inauguration of a successor.

A brave new world for Argentina?

In his inaugural speech, the centre-right Macri promised to work for everyone in Argentina.

He has pledged to oversee a shift from the mainly state-controlled economy run by his predecessor.

The plan includes more free-market policies with an easing of trade and currency controls.

He also wants to improve relations with the US.

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