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Weekly Report - 07 January 2021 (WR-21-01)

ARGENTINA: Not shying away from controversy in election year

The Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández may be facing midterm legislative elections this year, but this has not stopped it from advancing some controversial initiatives. The ruling Partido Justicialista (PJ, Peronists) is defending its majorities in both chambers of congress, on which Fernández has been able to rely to date. Pursuing controversial initiatives that divide public opinion, polarise the country, and alienate economic sectors is a risky electoral strategy. It could lead to the PJ losing electoral support, giving the opposition a chance to increase its congressional presence, and providing a stronger counterweight to the Fernández executive for the rest of its term.

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