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    Macri: My team isn't perfect, but they're honest and have good intentions

    20 de septiembre de 2018

    Buenos Aires, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Argentine President Mauricio Macri acknowledged on Thursday that his government team "is not perfect" because "perfection doesn't exist," but he asserted that it's a group of people who are "honest" and who have "good intentions."

    At a municipal event in Lanus along with the governor of Buenos Aires province, Maria Eugenia Vidal and the mayor of the Argentine capital, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, the president emphasized that almost three years ago, when he came into office, the country decided on "a change that said enough of lying, of impediments, of the mafias."

    "We're going to build the country we're dreaming of," said Macri in his address at the inauguration of the Olimpico Ribera Sur bridge connecting Lanus, in the southern part of the Buenos Aires ring, with the capital's Villa Soldati district.

    The event comes just two weeks before the official inauguration of the Youth Olympic Games, which Buenos Aires will host starting on Oct. 18.

    Macri said that the road to building the ideal Argentina of which he spoke includes emphasizing truth, transparency, teamwork and "opening Argentina's doors to the world."

    Currently, the country is mired amid currency instability that, when added to other factors such as the drought that affected the agricultural sector early this year, has unleashed significant economic imbalances that have sent the country into a recession and forced it to turn to the International Monetary Fund for millions in loans.

    When he came into office in December 2015, after 12 years of government by Nestor Kirchner and his wife, Cristina Fernandez, Macri said that he had "the best team in the last 50 years," a statement that has been heavily criticized by assorted opponents questioning the policy the government has pursued to deal with Argentina's problems.

    "We want to be happy. We want for society to really be based on giving, love, sharing," Macri said.