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Argentina Export Tax Sets Off Political Furor

Date: July 5, 2008
Author: Alexei Barrionuevo
QUOTE: Argentina’s lower house of Congress was preparing to vote late Friday night on whether to approve a government tax program for agricultural exports in the latest chapter of a bitter battle between farmers and the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Farm leaders said they were prepared to renew blockades of major highways and cut off exports of grains if the measure was approved. Hugo Biolcatti, the vice president of the Rural Society, said in a radio interview early in the day that if the tax passed, “there’s a high possibility that the strikes will return.”

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