Weekly Report - 06 October 2022 (WR-22-40)

ARGENTINA: Internal tensions threaten opposition unity

Argentina’s political opposition should be in a strong position. The ruling left-of-centre Frente de Todos (FdT) coalition is divided, and inflation is heading towards 100%. President Alberto Fernández was dealt a tough hand, with economic difficulties inherited from his predecessor Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) compounded by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic early in his term, but he has achieved nothing of note and his approval rating fell to single digits in late September. With presidential elections just one year away, basic unity ought to be enough to steer the right-of-centre Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) opposition coalition home. But it has chosen this time to succumb to infighting, at the centre of which is Macri.

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