The Internet Is Obsessed With Argentina’s Gorgeous Economy Minister

Argentina defaults on its national debt but at least the man delivering the news looks nice.

1. Argentina has just defaulted on its national debt repayments. Again. But the internet is just obsessed with Axel Kicillof, the country’s gorgeous economics minister.

Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

Kicillof was made economy minister late last year by Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and tasked with renegotiating his country’s national debt, which is mainly owned by overseas bondholders.

Despite Kicillof’s efforts, Argentina was declared on Wednesday to be in default by debt rating agencies. The South American country says the US hedge funds who are refusing to accept a pay cut are “vulture funds”, preying on a struggling nation. The US hedge funds think Argentina is a financial basket case and want their money, even if that means the Argentinian economy will suffer. The hedge funds won.

2. Still, the financial world is quite glad to have a chance to see more Axel Kicillof press conferences.

Not an actor, but #Argentina's minister of Finance Axel Kicillof to steer Argentina away from debt default today.

— Kenneth Abraham (@curacaoken)

@felixsalmon You have to hand it to Argentina. They do broke and inept government with such sexy panache.

— Mrs Toad (@toad_mrs)

Can you please ensure that in our next election that we get an Economy Minister like Axel Kicillof #hot argentina

— Marketing Eye (@MarketingEyeUS)

8. This is him celebrating his AAA rating from Standard and Phwoar’s.

Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

9. This is him worrying about causing mass inflation.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

10. This is him thinking about fixed capital formation.

AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

11. This is him preparing to talk about gilt-y pleasures.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

12. This is him preparing to put himself on the market.

Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

13. And this is him considering the impact of a fiscal stimulus.

Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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