Security & Strategic Review - April 2020

ARGENTINA: Fernández declares war on ‘lawfare’

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has been promising judicial reform since taking office on 10 December 2019. This was one of the issues he focused on as he opened congress on 1 March this year, promising a “reordering” of the federal justice system to increase its efficiency and end its politicisation. On more than one occasion President Fernández has denounced the ‘lawfare’ practiced under his predecessor Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) - that is to say, the use of the judiciary to go after political opponents. Fernández is now proposing changes to guarantee the political independence of the judiciary, but these come with their own controversies.

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