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Latin American Weekly Report - 24 October 2019 (WR-19-42)

ARGENTINA: Macri fails to land knock-out blow in final debate

It was Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri’s last chance to shake up the campaign leading up to the 27 October general election first-round vote, in which he continues to trail in second place in the presidential race. The 20 October second and final televised presidential debate provided Macri with the opportunity to attack the presidential frontrunner, Alberto Fernández, who is running for the hard-line Peronist Frente de Todos coalition. Macri did not waste the opportunity and laid into his rival, but although he was adjudged to have put Fernández on the back foot, Macri’s performance was not enough to significantly undermine Fernández’s prospects.

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