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  • Argentine President Mauricio Macri gestures during a news conference at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan. 17, 2017.

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri gestures during a news conference at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan. 17, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

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Macri made the decision after uproar that his administration's deal regarding his family company's debt was a conflict of interest. 

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said on Thursday he would annul an agreement his government reached to resolve a 15-year-old debt the country's postal service incurred when it was owned by Macri's father.

Macri spoke after a federal prosecutor asked a judge to open an investigation into him and Communications Minister Oscar Aguad earlier this week.

The deal, reached last year, had prompted conflict-of-interest allegations from another prosecutor who asked a court last week to block the agreement, calling it a "forgiveness of debt" that benefited the president's family.

"I have given Dr. Aguad instructions to start over," Macri said. "The good thing is that this is no fait accompli, nothing happened yet."

While his Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña said on Tuesday Macri had not done anything wrong regarding the debt deal, on Thursday Macri conceded that he could have been more transparent.

"I have to admit that something was missing on my part," he said.

The case dates to 1997, when then-President Carlos Menem privatized the country's postal service. Control of the service went to Grupo Macri, a conglomerate owned by real estate magnate Franco Macri, the current president's father and one of Argentina's richest men.

Macri worked for his father's conglomerate before going into politics.

Former President Nestor Kirchner re-nationalized the postal service in 2003. The company had declared bankruptcy in 2001, and owed 296 million pesos to the Argentine government.

The debt was worth $296 million in 2001, but today is valued at $19.1 million.

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