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Argentina’s New Government Issues Controversial Decrees

LADB Article ID: 79878
Category/Department: Argentina
Date: 2016-01-29
By: Andrés Gaudín

For the first time in its democratic history, Argentina, South America’s number-two power, is under the leadership of a right-wing government. The new administration was sworn in Dec. 10 following transparent elections that ended the dozen-year tenure of the Frente para la Victoria (FPV), an updated version of the traditional Partido Justicialista (Peronism), which was formed in the mid-1940s in opposition to the neoliberal tendencies that prevailed during the first half of the 20th century. Although the elections left the country divided in almost equal parts—the candidates were separated by approximately 600,000 votes out of nearly 26 million cast—President Mauricio Macri came into office determined to undo everything that the three previous FPV governments had accomplished. The FPV came into power in 2003 under the late Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007), who was succeeded by his wife, two-term President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2015).

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