Argentine President Mauricio Macri nominated Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra as a candidate to become Secretary-General of the United Nations, Friday. In keeping with Macri’s foreign and domestic appointments, Malcorra has a long history of working with the United States government to further their interests.
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The U.N. formally kicked off the race for the next secretary-general in December and the world body’s 193 members were encouraged to put forward a woman for the top job. A man has held the position since its inception 70 years ago.
Malcorra, 61, has only served in Macri’s government since the righ-wing businessman took office in December.
In just five months, Macri has changed the direction of Argentina in substantial ways. Under the administration of former President Cristina Kirchner, Argentina was a nation that resisted U.S. influence and tried to approach the problems of South America without considering the interests of the hegemon to the north.
In contrast, Macri has embraced neo-liberal economic policies and military cooperation with the administration of U.S. President Obama, who visited Argentina in early 2016 and received a warm welcome by the new Argentine administration.