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Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:21AM
Argentine president faces election test

Argentine president faces election test

Argentina is about to hold legislative elections, with the government seeking to retain its majority in Congress.
Argentineans will soon cast their vote to elect congressional representatives following the PASO primaries mid-term elections back in August. The first PASO challenge was a setback for the administration of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner that seeks to hold control of both houses of Parliament. Although polls indicate that ruling Victory Front party candidates could shrink margins against the opposition through significant moves the government made after August’s defeat -the decision to increase income tax limits and the announcement of housing programs, for instance-, the Kirchner rule was put to face a tough challenge only a week ahead of the elections. Meanwhile, amid the opposition strategy to defy the government’s majority in Parliament, some right-wing sectors have vowed to revoke the Memorandum of Understanding law that endorses the agreement with Iran to probe the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Other opposition campaign slogans have targeted the alleged government plans to reform the constitution that would allow Fernandez de Kirchner to run for a third term in 2015, plans the President has personally denied. With the elections just around the corner, some officials say President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner might come back to public scene before Sunday’s legislative run. In the meantime, political and social organizations staged a massive rally in Argentina’s capital city last week to support the government and express hope for Ms. Kirchner’s quick health recovery.