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Argentina Proposes to Nationalize Biggest Oil Company

• http://www.commondreams.org, Common Dreams staff
 Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has proposed a bill to seize back major oil shares from the country's biggest oil company YPF, owned by Spain's Repsol. The move is facing aggressive opposition from the corporation and from the Spanish government, threatening that Argentina will become "an international pariah".
 
"We are the only county in Latin America, and I would say in practically the entire world, that doesn't manage its own natural resources," Fernandez said. She said her proposal "is not a model of statism" but "the recovery of sovereignty."
 
Fernandez said in an address to the country that the measure sent to congress on Monday is aimed at recovering the nation's sovereignty over its hydrocarbon resources. She said the shares being expropriated will be split between the national and provincial governments. [...]

Governors of oil-producing Argentine provinces have withdrawn about 15 oil leases, representing 18 percent of YPF's crude production, alleging the company failed to keep its promises to develop them. YPF has countered that it has invested millions in those areas and plans to increase production, but Argentine officials have said that still falls short.

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