- 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.
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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.
Ya estamos en Casa Rosada. pic.twitter.com/95QkGuLyA0— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) December 10, 2015
A brave new world for Argentina?
Vamos Argentina! pic.twitter.com/IZIDDUuJQD— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) December 10, 2015
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.