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Once a Government Supporter, Rural Argentina Now an Opponent

Date: July 2, 2008
Author: Alexei Barrionuevo
QUOTE: Today Dr. Fischer is one of dozens of politicians who have transformed rural provinces that were once Peronist bastions critical to getting Mrs. Kirchner elected in October into centers of fervent political opposition. Their revolt shows how deeply the president’s decision has divided even the Peronists, leaving politicians from the interior torn between their party loyalties and their furious constituents. It also reveals the source of much of their anger: the fact that the growing economic clout of Argentina’s rural provinces has not translated into greater political say, not least over how their taxes are spent.

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