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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 29 March 2019

ARGENTINA: Judicial rulings put Macri on back foot

Strained relations between the government led by President Mauricio Macri and the supreme court took a turn for the worse on 26 March when magistrates on Argentina’s top court voted to exempt pensioners from paying the impuesto a las ganancias, payroll tax. The resultant economic repercussions could have a political cost for Macri with just seven months to go before presidential elections. The ruling also deepens a rift within the supreme court (CSJN) whose president, Carlos Rosenkrantz, opened the new judicial year on 19 March with a stark warning: the judiciary faces a crisis of legitimacy due to a lack of public confidence in the nation’s judges.

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