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Extra! End Of Kirchnerism, Macri Wins In Argentina

La Nacion, Nov. 23, 2015
La Nacion, Nov. 23, 2015

BUENOS AIRES — Mauricio Macri's victory in Argentina's presidential election puts an "end to 12 consecutive years of Kirchner government," the Buenos Aires-based daily La Nacion wrote in its Monday edition.

On Sunday, Macri, the 56-year-old mayor of Buenos Aires, defeated his rival Daniel Scioli by some 51.5% to 48.5% in the second-round runoff. Scioli, the governor of the Buenos Aires province, was backed by outgoing President Cristina Kirchner, who had served two terms, following the rule of her late husband Nestor Kirchner.

Macri represented the Cambiemos ("Let's change") party, a coalition gathering the center-left and conservatives. Supported by business leaders and an array of political forces that sought to end to 12 years of one-family rule, the son of one Argentina's richest men was also the president of the Boca Juniors soccer club.

Macri has promised to split with the protectionist economic policies carried out by the Kirchner governments since 2003.

In a speech after his victory on Sunday, Macri said the result meant the "changing of an era." His main challenges will include reviving his country's economy on the brink of recession. Without a majority in the Chamber of Deputies or at the Senate, he will also have to form alliances.

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The Pope's Bronchitis Can't Hide What Truly Ails The Church — Or Whispers Of Succession

It is not only the health of the Pope that worries the Holy See. From the collapse of vocations to the conservative wind in the USA, there are many ills to face.

November 29, 2023: Pope Francis during his wednesday General Audience at the Vatican.

Evandro Inetti/ ZUMA
Gianluigi Nuzzi

ROME — "How am I? I'm fine... I'm still alive, you know? See, I'm not dead!"

With a dose of irony and sarcasm, Pope Francis addressed those who'd paid him a visit this past week as he battled a new lung inflammation, and the antibiotic cycles and extra rest he still must stick with on strict doctors' orders.

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The Pope is dealing with a sensitive respiratory system; the distressed tracheo-bronchial tree can cause asthmatic reactions, with the breathlessness in his speech being the most obvious symptom. Tired eyes and dark circles mark his swollen face. A sense of unease and bewilderment pervades and only diminishes when the doctors restate their optimism about his general state of wellness.

"The pope's ailments? Nothing compared to the health of the Church ," quips a priest very close to the Holy Father. "The Church is much worse off, marked by chronic ailments and seasonal illnesses. "

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