BOOM: Argentine Parliament Votes To Nationalize YPFMamta Badkar | 03MAY12
Argentina voted 207-32 in favor of expropriating 51 percent of the shares of Repsol YPF.
Argentina's Lower House of Congress resumed its debate of the government-backed YPF expropriation bill today. The bill was expected to pass with a wide margin.
Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner who moved to expropriate shares of YPF and YPF Gas has previously said the company failed to invest and develop domestic oil fields.
Argentina's oil imports surged 110 percent last year, and the country's energy deficit is expected to rise to $7 billion this year.
Earlier today the Buenos Aires Herald quoted Fernandez saying YPF would be a big challenge for Argentina:
“We need YPF to be aligned with national interests. It is a lie that the interests of a private company cannot be in line with those of a country. This will be a great challenge for us.”
Once the bill is approved the focus will shift to how much the government will pay Repsol for the 51 percent stake. Repsol is looking to get $10.5 billion for its stake in the company. more
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Apparently the threats from the international banksters over Argentina's announced nationalization of YPF, their oil company that had been sold off to Spain's Repsol in a privatization scam, did NOT convince a lot of Argentines. 207-32 is a pretty lopsided vote.