Weekly Report - 05 May 2022 (WR-22-18)

ARGENTINA: Ruling coalition consumed by infighting

Simmering tensions within Argentina’s ruling left-of-centre Frente de Todos (FdT) coalition are coming to the boil. The radical Kirchnerista faction loyal to Vice President Cristina Fernández does not want to shoulder the burden of any orthodox economic constraints imposed as a result of the agreement struck by the government led by President Alberto Fernández and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It argues that this will result in defeat in the presidential election in 2023, and it is increasingly gunning for the government and the economy minister, Martín Guzmán, who led the negotiations with the IMF. The right-of-centre opposition Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) is trying to put on a united front to capitalise on the FdT’s difficulties but it faces some internal differences of its own.

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