Argentina's President-elect Mauricio Macri (L) and Bolivia's President Evo Morales talk after an indoor soccer match in Buenos Aires December 9, 2015, in this handout photo provided by the Let's Change Party. (REUTERS/Let's Change/Handout)
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After 12 years of often divisive rule and heavy spending on social welfare programs, Argentina's president-elect promises to usher in an era of more civil discourse and roll back much of the spending that many economists say has brought the South American nation to the brink of crisis.President-elect Mauricio Macri will be sworn in Thursday after defeating the chosen successor of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez during last month's election. Fernandez, and before her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, dominated Argentina's political landscape for the last 12 years. Macri wanted to receive the presidential baton and sash from Fernandez in the government house, or Casa Rosada. However, Fernandez insisted that Macri receive them in Congress.
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