It has been a tough few months for the Argentinian president. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has seen her government on the edge of collapse; her vice- president vote against her tax hikes, and she has now met the press for the first time fresh from the collapse of the Doha global trade talks. She remains resolute.
“When one enters into a discussion of mutual interests one has to be sufficiently pragmatic to forget dogma and ideology. The discussion was, and continues to be, how much do developing countries want to put towards this negotiation?” Kirchner said.
There is a groundswell of opposition to Fernandez and her farm reform policy. While some support her stated aim to tax rich farmers making huge profits from spiralling food prices, to fund social projects, others have accused her of trying to cripple the country’s main export industry.
She was forced to ditch the planned tax increases on soy exports, and reshuffle her cabinet, after farmers strikes and blockades paralysed the country.