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Thousands of workers held marches in Buenos Aires to demand an emergency wage increase and reject IMF interference in the country's economic policy.
On Thursday, Vice President Cristina Fernandez-Kirchner reiterated that Argentina's main problem is the US$45 billion debt contracted by former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
"We need to conscientiously promote a dialogue between all political forces to address the issue of indebtedness with the IMF because that is Argentina's main problem, and we did not cause it," she said.
"We desperately need to end the bi-monetary economy," Fernandez-Kirchner said, alluding to the informal dollarization that generates currency speculation and domestic inflation.
"We need a national and patriotic stance against those who demand that we implement adjustment programs," she added, emphasizing the need to renegotiate with the IMF.
Argentina is suffering from high inflation due to odious debt owed in US dollars to the IMF and Western vulture funds.
Argentine right-wingers insist the "solution" is to abandon monetary sovereignty, adopting the US dollar.
"We have to solve the problem of the shortage of dollars in Argentina. We need dollars not only to pay off private debt and multilateral debt but also to sustain the industry and create added value," Fernandez-Kirchner said.
The Leftist leader also explained that commodity exports would not be enough to remedy the shortage of dollars that the middle class complains about. The Argentine middle class is the social group that most demands foreign currency.
On Friday, thousands of workers held marches in Buenos Aires and other cities to demand an emergency wage increase and reject IMF interference in the country's economic policy.
#Argentina | Hundreds of supporters of Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner held a vigil in support of the political and social leader at the Palace of Courts in Buenos Aires. pic.twitter.com/uBhfyNBOTg