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Presidential hopefuls face constraints in Argentina

Friday, May 29, 2015

Significance

The move follows a 48-hour strike by the banking union on May 26-27 and stoppages by oilseeds workers affecting the port of Rosario. Supporters of the ruling Frente para la Victoria (FPV) have warned of possible violent acts aimed at creating 'a crisis' to undermine the final months of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's term of office, which ends in December, and the electoral prospects of the FPV's eventual candidate to succeed her.

Impacts

  • Transport unions' backing of the June 9 general strike suggests that absenteeism from work, voluntary or not, will be high.
  • On present polling, a presidential second round in November remains likely.
  • Expectations of rapid and substantial policy change post-election will probably be dashed.
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