INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Argentine spin doctor leaves post in wake of economic criticism

BUENOS AIRES: Amidst growing criticism of the country’s economic policy, one of Argentina’s top government spin doctors resigned his post last Tuesday.

BUENOS AIRES: Amidst growing criticism of the country’s economic policy, one of Argentina’s top government spin doctors resigned his post last Tuesday.

BUENOS AIRES: Amidst growing criticism of the country’s economic

policy, one of Argentina’s top government spin doctors resigned his post

last Tuesday.



Daniel Chirom, a key advisor to economy minister Jose Luis Machinea,

joined the Argentine government two weeks after newly elected president

Fernando De la Rua took office in December. He arrived amid much uproar,

as the government had just announced tax hikes for companies and pay

cuts for its employees.



While Chirom improved media coverage at the beginning of his tenure, the

ongoing recession and growing criticism of Machinea at home and on Wall

Street made his task incredibly difficult in recent months.



Chirom explained his departure by saying that he wanted to ’take a break

from the tiring job as politico’ and devote more time to a hobby for

which he is well known: writing and editing poetry.



Professionally, Chirom will likely return to the corporate world - he

was previously a PR manager for Visa. Chirom will continue as an

external consultant for Machinea until the government finds a

replacement.



Given his government contacts, Chirom will likely have more than his

share of professional suitors. Local observers speculated that Chirom

could well return to Visa, even though the company recently hired its

first-ever PR agency, top local shop Personally.



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