Arab Times

Macri slams leftists:


Mauricio Macri, the front-runner in Argentina’s impending presidenti­al runoff, is casting himself as the pragmatic candidate whose ideology is to “get things done,” promising to steer his country away from the socialism espoused by many of the region’s leaders.

Speaking to foreign correspond­ents Tuesday, the business-friendly opposition candidate described his vision of governing as “21st century developmen­t” as opposed to “21st century socialism” — a term used by supporters of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, as well as their regional allies.

“Our ideology is to resolve problems and get things done,” Macri said. “We don’t believe that Argentina’s future lies in the recipes of the past. There is an intermedia­ry way that is solving the problems of the people, telling the truth and respecting institutio­ns.”

Macri continued with his campaign strategy of promising both major economic reforms to address Argentina’s myriad economic ills and a common-sense government that will work well with the internatio­nal community. He is contrastin­g himself with outgoing President Cristina Fernandez, who during more than eight years in power shifted the country to the left and frequently fought with foreign leaders, political opponents at home and creditors abroad. (AP)

Six killed in south Mexico: A oneyear-old baby and a seven-year-old girl were among six people shot dead in another day of violence in Mexico’s troubled southern state of Guerrero, authoritie­s said Tuesday.

At least one of the six victims in Monday’s killing in the municipali­ty of Chilapa was related to the town’s former police chief, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The latest murders left a death toll of at least 22 people killed in two days of violence in Guerrero, a region beset by drug crimes.

On Sunday, 12 people were killed when a shootout erupted during a cockfight in the town of Cuajinicui­lapa. The same day, four more were killed on a football field in an unrelated shooting in the resort of Acapulco. (AFP)

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