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Argentina has been a democracy since 1983, with power distributed among an executive, legislative and judicial branch at both the national and provincial levels. The president and vice president serve four year terms. The legislative branch is made up of an upper house, the Senate, and a lower house, the Chamber of Deputies. Argentine law mandates that on third of the candidates for both houses must be women, giving the country one of the highest proportions of female political representation in the world.

Argentina´s current president, Christina Fernández de Kirchner, is the first woman ever elected to the position. Succeeding her husband, Nestor Kirchner, she took office in 2007, and since then her tenure has been beset by issues of corruption and inflation.

The two major political parties, also the oldest, are the Justicialist Party (PJ), also known as the Peronist Party, and the Radical Civic Union (UCR).

In recent years, several of the senior officials responsible for the violent atrocities committed during the Dirty War have been brought to justice.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Argentina: The Economy of Argentina: History, The Economy of Argentina: Introduction and The Economy of Argentina: Today.

14 Oct 2010

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