BUENOS AIRES – There was no “conflict of interest” in the controversial debt agreement reached last year by a company belonging to President Mauricio Macri’s family, the Argentine government said Tuesday.
The company in question ran the postal service from 1997 until it was returned to government control in 2003.
The administration has addressed the matter with transparency and Macri asked a federal court for a hearing to “deal with the matter fully,” Cabinet chief Marcos Peña said in a press conference.
Macri supports putting together a group of experts to dispel “any kind of doubts about the possibility of a conflict of interests” regarding a transaction involving debt dating back to 2001, Peña said.
“The state will ask the Auditor General of the Nation to issue a technical opinion before taking a final position,” Peña said in a press conference.
Macri was “never” consulted about the deal, Communications Minister Oscar Aguad said.
“Because the president is prevented by law to play a part in any matter in which a family member is involved,” Aguad said.
“The only thing requested” by Macri is that a solution be found with the assistance of the three branches of government to the matter involving the company run by Italian businessman Franco Macri, the president’s father, that operated Correo Argentino from its privatization in 1997 until it returned to government control in 2003, Aguad said.
The postal service went bankrupt in 2001 and was renationalized by late former President Nestor Kirchner’s administration two years later.