In Brief - Argentina

POLITICS | Millions turn out in Argentina for ‘18-A’ anti-government protests. An estimated 2m people turned out in cities across Argentina on 18 April in a third round of anti-government protests organised via social media. President Cristina Fernández was conveniently out of the country on diplomatic business yesterday, but she tweeted from Lima, Peru, that while it was ‘ok’ for people to protest against the government, everyone ‘should do more’ to help make Argentina a better country.  Opposition and trade union leaders have tacked themselves onto these ‘spontaneous’ protests, but it is very unclear that the country’s fractious and equally discredited opposition parties can benefit, politically or electorally, from this mood in the country, ahead of the scheduled October mid-term congressional vote.

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