Weekly Report - 21 March 2024 (WR-24-11)

Milei battered but unbowed after first 100 days at the helm

Argentina’s President Javier Milei completed his first 100 days in power on 19 March. The traditional honeymoon period extended to new heads of state has been fraught with political tensions. While Milei’s public support is holding solid, he has so far come off worse from some bruising encounters with congress, where his far-right La Libertad Avanza (LLA) has a small presence and his belligerence has conspired against forging closer ties with traditional right-of-centre political parties and the compromise which could enable him to advance much of his reform agenda. The senate delivered a setback on this front on 14 March by striking down a decree of necessity and urgency (DNU) he issued on 29 December authorising sweeping deregulation and other reforms. If the lower chamber of congress follows suit, he would become the first head of state to have a DNU annulled by congress since they were introduced in 1994, although as long as he retains public support he will keep taking the fight to legislators.

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