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In Argentina, President Fernandez tries to take control
Just eight months into his tenure as president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez has been thrown a trio of challenges. In the coming months, he must deal with the public health crisis, revive a deeply damaged economy, and consolidate power in his own fractured coalition. A recent deal with the country’s creditors will ease some of the financial burden, but high inflation and falling exports will make it difficult to recover from a strict quarantine. Meanwhile, the president’s nominal running mate – a predecessor, and now Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – leads an intraparty faction that may undermine the new leader’s agenda.