A member of Argentina's elite of powerful union sharks has been arrested in Uruguay at his Great Chaparral ranch and is awaiting extradition to Buenos Aires to face charges of corruption, money laundering, extortion, stealing funds and links with the drugs business, among others.
Under the heading of Trump and Argentina, political analyst Rosendo Fraga outlines what he believes are the reasons for the US tycoon victory in the presidential election, which he links to similar conditions in UK and the Brexit, and possible surprises next year both in France and Germany, the four leading Western economies.
Argentina's largest political movement, almost hegemonic, but currently in the opposition under the name of Justicialista Party (PJ), announced this week a shadow Cabinet, saying they will work hard to return to power after losing last year’s election to President Mauricio Macri.
Hundreds of supporters are expected to cheer former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez during a court appearance on Wednesday after returning to Buenos Aires for the first time since November's election.Fernandez who governed Argentina for eight years, has been called to testify about alleged irregularities in dollar futures trading that led to losses of almost US$4 billion for the central bank. Her allies say no crime was involved and that she's being politically persecuted.
Argentina's main political force, Peronism, under the Justicialista party banner, announced that the party's elections will be held on 8 May, while the members of the electoral board set to oversee the election would be chosen during a meeting in Buenos Aires on February 24.
Argentina's new president Mauricio Macri met with governors on Saturday in another major change of tone from his predecessor Cristina Fernandez' confrontational style.
Argentine presidential opposition candidate Mauricio Macri closed his campaign ahead of Sunday 22 November runoff calling for change and unity while the incumbent hopeful Daniel Scioli said the option was between 'a development inclusive project' or the savage capitalism demon.
Argentina's much-watched soybean sowings will set a record this season, but the country is heading for a weaker wheat harvest, despite ideas of very good yields, the country's farm ministry said. In its first estimate the ministry said soybean sowings for 2015-16, pegged area at 20.6m hectares, a rise of 800,000 hectares year on year.
What are the main drawbacks of the Argentine presidential candidates, ahead of 22 November runoff and following their exposure in last Sunday's debate, is the question a Buenos Aires pollster has tried to unveil, and how much could they in effect influence Sunday's vote.
Sergio Massa, the third contender in the Argentine presidential dispute and who did not make it to the runoff last 25 October, but managed 21% of ballots, some five million votes, compared to incumbent Daniel Scioli's 37% and Mauricio Macri's 34%, has been very careful in advancing whom he would support or recommend to vote on Sunday 22 November.