Conservative Mauricio Macri sworn in as Argentine president

Part-MVD-Mvd6734897-1-1-0Buenos Aires (AFP) – Business-friendly conservative Mauricio Macri was sworn in as Argentina’s new president Thursday, turning the page on 12 years under left-wing power couple Nestor and Cristina Kirchner.

Kirchner boycotted the ceremony after a tiff over protocol escalated into a messy court battle, so Macri received the presidential sash from incoming Senate speaker Federico Pinedo.

Macri, 56, laid out an agenda for change in his inaugural address.

“This government will know how to defend freedom, which is essential for democracy,” he said. Read More

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