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Argentina government deadlocked as uncertainty hangs over cabinet By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez addresses a news conference at Moncloa Palace, Madrid, Spain on May 11, 2021. Gabriel Bouys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo

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By Eliana Raszewski and Walter Bianchi

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s government remained mired in uncertainty on Friday, with President Alberto Fernández yet to decide the fate of rebel ministers who tendered their resignations earlier in the week, sparking a political crisis.

Amid frenzied speculation from political commentators and local media over ruptures in the ruling Peronist coalition, Fernández took part, as planned, in a virtual climate forum convened by U.S. President Joe Biden.

The center-left President Fernandez has been resisting a rebellion by ministers from the hard-left side of his party’s party after a devastating defeat at the midterm primary election.

On Thursday, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, a powerful but divisive Vice President of the Republic, lashed out at the government’s errors. This increased tension between President Fernandez’s moderate supporters and those who support her.

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The party is stuck between two possible paths following the election loss. It could either continue to pursue populist policies in order to improve the situation for difficult-hit Argentines, or a moderate approach to woo back voters from the middle classes who backed the conservative opposition.

On Wednesday, several ministers, including the interior minister, tendered their resignations to Fernández, though he has yet to publicly accept or reject them.

On Thursday night the president and Fernández de Kirchner both went on the offensive. Fernandez de Kirchner and the president called for reforms in all ministries. She also criticized the low level of spending.

She wrote that she believes that the president will relaunch the government with the same conviction and strength that he did when he was faced with the pandemic.

Tweeted by the President (NYSE:), he stated that he was the person who would decide the future of government.

“The government’s administration will develop as I see fit. He said that he was proud to have been elected.

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