Former Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is among the fifty or so former presidents, political leaders, academics and intellectuals from Europe and Latin America who yesterday signed a communiqué in support of Sergio Massa, the candidate for the Presidency of Argentina for Unión por la Patria (UxP), Sergio Massa.
The text advocates replacing “hatred and sectarianism with reflection in order to recover national harmony”, and takes aim at the libertarian candidate Javier Milei, of La Libertad Avanza, with whom Massa will compete on 19 November in the second round of the elections in Argentina. It points to the need to “put a stop to Milei’s anti-democratic positions and his neoliberal proposals, which in the past have proved lethal for Argentine society and the whole region”.
In addition to Rodríguez Zapatero, the signatories include former presidents Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Vinicio Cerezo (Guatemala), Leonel Fernández (Dominican Republic) and José María Figueres (Costa Rica).
Also the Nobel Peace Prize winners Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Rigoberta Menchú; the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Alicia Bárcena; the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo; the former Secretary General of the OAS José Miguel Insulza; and the former President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, Enrico Letta.
Other signatories include the President of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, Iratxe García Pérez; former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis; Spanish MEP Javi López; and the founder of the Puebla Group Marco Enríquez Ominami, together with Professors Vicente Palacio (Spain); Emir Sader and Leonardo Boff (Brazil); and Karina Batthyány (Uruguay).