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Dec 2, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Investors are waiting to
see who Argentine President Cristina Fernandez names to key
cabinet jobs a month after she won easy re-election on pledges
to deepen her unorthodox economic policies.

Days after her landslide victory in October, center-left
Fernandez rattled savers and companies by announcing a raft of
currency measures in a bid to stem capital flight that had
accelerated in the run-up to the vote.

Nov 22, 2011

Armed leftists rattle nerves, test Paraguay’s Lugo

CAPITAN GIMENEZ, Paraguay (Reuters) – No one thought to mention it when they heard whispers and rustling in the bushes near the police station in Capitan Gimenez, assuming it was the hushed voices of lovers in the dark.

The two officers on guard had just finished dinner when gunmen ambushed the station, killing them both. Another had gone out to buy credit for his mobile phone. In this remote corner of northern Paraguay, cattle-rustling is the most common crime.

Nov 16, 2011

Argentina axes subsidies to ease state finances

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Argentina’s government
will cut more than $800 million in utility subsidies from homes
and businesses as it seeks to ease a growing burden on state
finances, officials said on Wednesday.

The announcement came two weeks after the center-left
government said it would review billions of dollars in water,
natural gas and electricity subsidies, a move that was welcomed
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Nov 1, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 1 (Reuters) – President Cristina
Fernandez’s landslide re-election win may embolden her to
intensify her unorthodox economic policies even as an uncertain
global outlook raises doubts about their sustainability.

The center-leftist Fernandez won a second four-year term on
Oct 23 with 54 percent support, the biggest share of the vote
since General Juan Peron got 62 percent in 1973.
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Oct 27, 2011

Life sentence for Argentine “Blond Angel of Death”

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Alfredo Astiz, Argentina’s infamous “Blond Angel of Death,” and 11 other death squad members from the 1970s were jailed for life on Wednesday in one of the country’s biggest human rights cases.

Astiz, nicknamed for his cherubic looks, stood trial with other former officials accused of horrific crimes at the ESMA Naval Mechanics School, where about 5,000 dissidents were held and tortured during the 1976-1983 “Dirty War” dictatorship. Few of the captives survived.

Oct 24, 2011

Argentine president strolls to re-election victory

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Argentina’s center-leftist
president, Cristina Fernandez, won a landslide re-election
victory on Sunday as voters credited her unconventional
policies for a long economic boom.

The result marks a dramatic change of fortunes for a leader
who some critics once said might have to leave power early as
angry protests by farmers and middle-class voters battered her
approval ratings soon after she took office.

Oct 23, 2011

Argentine president strolls to re-election win

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Argentina’s fiery
center-leftist president, Cristina Fernandez, swept to a
landslide re-election victory on Sunday, crowning a comeback
that seemed unthinkable for much of her turbulent first term.

An exit poll showed Fernandez winning with 55 percent of
the vote, about 40 percentage points ahead of her nearest
rival, Socialist Hermes Binner.

Oct 23, 2011

Argentine president’s policies in likely second term

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez is expected to win easy re-election for
another four years on Sunday, a result that would give her a
strong mandate to deepen her unorthodox economic policies.

Unconventional and sometimes controversial measures such as
beef export curbs and the sudden takeover of private pensions
please many Argentines but they are generally unpopular with
investors, pro-market business leaders and farmers.

Oct 23, 2011

Leading candidates in Argentina’s election

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez is expected to win easy re-election for
another four years on Sunday, a result that would give her a
strong mandate to deepen her unorthodox economic policies.

Opinion polls suggest she could win more than 50 percent of
the vote with a massive lead over a fragmented field of
opposition challengers. Socialist Hermes Binner has emerged as
the second-placed candidate.

Oct 19, 2011

Factbox: Leading candidates in Argentina’s election

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez looks poised for an easy re-election win on Sunday, a result that would give her a strong mandate to deepen her unorthodox, interventionist policies.

Opinion polls suggest she could win more than 50 percent of the vote with a massive lead over a fragmented field of opposition challengers. Socialist Hermes Binner has emerged as the second-placed candidate.

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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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