From the Document: "Argentina's democratic political system has been under considerable stress since social protests over the country's rapidly deteriorating economy led to the resignation of President Fernando de la Rua on December 20, 2001. After a series of short-lived interim presidents, Peronist Senator Eduardo Duhalde was sworn in to serve out the remainder of de la Rua's term of office until December 2003. President Duhalde faces critical political and economic challenges, most significantly his ability to quell social unrest associated with the country's financial instability. The dilemma for Duhalde is that the economic measures to revive the economy likely will exacerbate social and political tensions. President Bush has said that the United States is prepared to help Argentina through the international financial institutions, but only when Argentina has committed to a sound and sustainable economic plan. This report, which will be updated as events warrant, examines the Argentina's political upheaval, the outlook for the Duhalde government, and implications for the United States."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21113
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