Argentina’s Macri in the crosshairs

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri addresses a business group
Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and his team of young technocrats expected faster results from economic reforms but mostly failed to get them (source: dpa)
  • Mauricio Macri’s plan to stabilize the economy has been only a partial success
  • Public discontent is rising, while the government has not won over dissident Peronists
  • To govern effectively, the president needs to show gains in October parliamentary elections

It cannot be easy for a person who has spent his or her adult life running a private business to be put in charge of a large, modern country. There are so many issues to consider, so many decisions that cannot be avoided. Even for Mauricio Macri, a successful businessman and popular mayor of Buenos Aires before becoming Argentina’s president in December 2015, governing has come to resemble a game of whack-a-mole. Every day things keep popping up, and every day the president seems puzzled by the never-ending stream of complications.

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