Argentina: Leadership Needed

The last two years have been seriously testing for Argentina as economic and political crises have followed one another almost as fast as presidents and finance ministers. A new president should be elected in a two-stage process beginning next month. But is the country’s leadership up to the task?

The World Today Published 1 March 2003 Updated 21 October 2020 3 minute READ

Manuel Mora

Director, Ipsos-Mora y Araujo

Argentina is facing the presidential election amid great uncertainty. The economy remains shaky, although the debt rescheduling agreement with the International Monetary Fund reached in late January has greatly improved the situation. It is still doubtful to what extent President Eduardo Duhalde will be able to use this breathing space to improve his country’s prospects.

Voters’ preferences are unclear; the electorate looks disoriented, fragmented and without leadership. Add to this the doubts created by the government itself, continuously changing the election schedule and being ambiguous about procedures for choosing Peronist party candidates, and everything becomes uncertain.

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