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A poster of Argentine President Alberto Fernandez and the Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner hangs near the National Congress, during the March 1, 2020 event to open the congressional session

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.

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