As Ethiopia battles devastating drought, UN sends in emergency health team
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Southeast Asian countries pledge cooperation on Bay of Bengal mixed migration – UN refugee agency
Southeast Asian countries today affirmed that the only way to reduce loss of life at sea is by working together on comprehensive and sustainable approaches to mixed migration movements, the United Nations refugee agency said as the resumption of dangerous sea journeys in the region loomed.
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Retail company provides $10 million in funds for refugees through UN agency partnership
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Children will bear the brunt of climate change – UNICEF report
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Sweden plans to be the first in Europe to drop fossil fuel consumption to 0%
Renewable energy might have its day just yet.
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Historic conservative win for Argentina
Last Sunday, the 12 year reign of leftist, politically corrupt president of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, came to an end. The Argentinian people chose to elect a more conservative candidate, namely Mauricio Macri.
This outcome comes with a promise of a new era for Argentina. An opportunity to be a more business friendly, stable economy. In all, Macri smashed the election. He won with 51.4% of the vote, while his opponent Daniel Scioli got 48.5% of the votes.
The outcome of the election caused quite a stir, as Macri’s opponent, Scioli was thought to be in for a sure win. It should be noted that Scioli was the hand picked predecessor to former president Kirchner. Kirchner leaves behind a highly corrupt political dynasty leaving Macri with a big job.
In all, Argentines were used to her reign coming with high inflation rates, a roller coaster of an economy alongside bad foreign relations. Former president Kirchner’s leftist populist policies were simply no longer working and Macri ran a campagin promising a new era of growth and prosperity. His supporters saw him as an honest politician, who would improve infrastructure, increase social programs, and encourage business growth.
Mauricio Macri became popular as the President of one of Argentina’s biggest soccer clubs, Boca Junior. He then used this fame as a platform to begin his political career and share his message with the people. His political career began in 2003 when he founded a centre-right political party and was later elected as Mayor of Buenos Aires.
He plans to run Argentina with these centre-right policies to reverse the populist Peronism ones that had been instilled by the former president Kirchner and her late husband Nestor. He wants to create a more business friendly economy by reducing inflation, easing trade, and negotiating with Argentina’s foreign investors to ease debt.
Macri also wants to fix foreign alliances and improve Argentina’s relations with the U.S and lift restrictions on imports and the US dollars.
This win could mean a new era for Argentina opening the country to prosperity and a pro-business. However this has some of the more poorer residents worried that he’ll cut social programs that so many rely on. Macri ran a campaign promising benefits for the poor and the wealthy alike. He supports both businesses and unions so only time will tell if he can make all the changes he has promised.
Maurico Macri has a big job ahead of him and will take office on December 10th.