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Jan 3, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez is riding high in the polls following the
death of her powerful husband, but simmering political tensions
could worsen as October’s presidential vote draws closer.

Former President Nestor Kirchner was a leading contender
for the election and his death on Oct. 27 drove Argentine bond
and stock prices higher as investors bet it would eventually
put an end to the interventionist economic policies that he and
Fernandez have pushed in recent years.

Dec 22, 2010

Former Argentine dictator Videla jailed for life

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who defends the campaign of state violence that killed thousands of people from 1976 to 1983, was jailed for life on Wednesday for murder, torture and kidnapping.

Videla, 85, who has spent years in a military jail and under house arrest, repeatedly justified the brutality of the military junta in the so-called Dirty War crackdown on leftist opponents during his trial.

Dec 17, 2010

Argentine factory output soars, stokes brisk growth

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Argentine industrial
output surged last month, stoking sustained economic growth
that clocked 8.6 percent in the third quarter — one of the
Latin America’s briskest rates, data showed on Friday.

Confirming a figure given earlier in the week by President
Cristina Fernandez, the INDEC national statistics agency said
industrial production rose 12.8 percent in November ARIO=ECI
and also climbed 3.9 percent from the preceding month.

Dec 1, 2010

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The recent death of former
President Nestor Kirchner, the current president’s husband and
a leading contender for the 2011 election, has turned the
turbulent world of Argentine politics on its head.

Kirchner’s death on Oct. 27 robbed President Cristina
Fernandez of her closest ally and drove Argentine bond and
stock prices higher as investors bet it would eventually put an
end to the couple’s interventionist economic policies.

Nov 26, 2010

Analysis: Argentine president makes her mark without husband

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is putting a more pragmatic stamp on policy following the death of her husband, Nestor Kirchner, who was widely seen as the country’s most powerful politician.

Still wearing black as she mourns the loss of her closest adviser, Fernandez is riding a wave of voter sympathy that has lifted her poll ratings and wrong-footed rivals less than a year from an October 2011 presidential vote.

Nov 26, 2010

Argentine president makes her mark without husband

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is putting a more pragmatic stamp on policy following the death of her husband, Nestor Kirchner, who was widely seen as the country’s most powerful politician.

Still wearing black as she mourns the loss of her closest adviser, Fernandez is riding a wave of voter sympathy that has lifted her poll ratings and wrong-footed rivals less than a year from an October 2011 presidential vote.

Nov 16, 2010

Argentina says Paris Club agrees talks without IMF

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The Paris Club group of
nations has accepted Argentina’s demand to negotiate repayment
of the country’s $6.5 billion debt without IMF monitoring,
President Cristina Fernandez said on Monday.

The unresolved debt is seen as one of Argentina’s remaining
obstacles as it seeks to clear up lingering fallout from its
2001-02 economic crisis, when Latin America’s No. 3 economy
defaulted on $100 billion in sovereign debt.

Nov 4, 2010

Analysis: Kirchner death shakes up Peronism in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has lost her husband and closest adviser, but his death may give her a political opportunity by throwing rivals off balance less than a year from the next election.

The sudden departure last week of former President Nestor Kirchner has turned politics on its head in South America’s No. 2 economy. He had been expected to run again for president next October, taking over from his wife just as she succeeded him in 2007, so Fernandez may now seek re-election herself.

Nov 4, 2010

Q+A: Argentina’s Peronists, divided but dominant as ever

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s Nestor Kirchner, who died last week, worked incessantly behind-the-scenes to win his wife’s government the backing of the Peronist party’s kingpins.

The loss of her wily, power broker husband means President Cristina Fernandez could find it even harder to balance the demands of powerful Peronist union leaders like Hugo Moyano and notoriously fickle provincial governors and mayors.

Oct 27, 2010

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The death of former
President Nestor Kirchner, the current president’s husband and
a strong contender to succeed her in the 2011 presidential
race, has shaken Argentina’s political landscape.

For full coverage, see [ID:nARGENTINA]

President Cristina Fernandez, whose approval ratings have
risen this year in tandem with brisk economic growth, may now
adopt more moderate, consensus-building policies as she seeks
to shore up her administration without the support of her
powerful husband.

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      "Based in Argentina, I help lead our coverage of the southern cone, from politics to agriculture. My career with Reuters began in London in 2001 and I have reported from many Latin American countries including Bolivia, Cuba and Mexico."
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