Cristina Kirchner’s support tested as Argentine economy slows

Argentina introduced exchange controls (photo:dpa)
Argentina introduced exchange controls (photo:dpa)

Argentina’s economy is slowing and threatening the policies of President Cristina Kirchner’s government. But instead of adapting its policies her government is riding roughshod over opposition, changing the inflation rate figures and imposing exchange rate controls. The measures have led to growing unpopularity and huge public demonstrations. Her confusion during several public appearances on a trip to the United States confirms how she and her circle of advisers have become out of touch with reality at home and abroad.

MASSIVE public demonstrations involving thousands on the streets of Argentine cities in September 2012 are a visible sign of how popular support for President Cristina...

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