As Argentina’s Economy Sputters, Security Concerns Shape Its Campaign

By Nick Burns

Even as inflation nears triple digits, opposition politicians see opportunity in Argentines’ concerns over safety and organized crime.

BUENOS AIRES — A massive blackout had just plunged 40% of the country into darkness and President Alberto Fernández had just delivered the final state of the union address of his term, but on the morning of March 2, the only news story on Argentina’s major TV news networks was footage from the city of Rosario, where gunmen had fired overnight into a supermarket owned by the family of soccer superstar Lionel Messi. “Messi, we’re waiting for you,” read the threatening message left behind by the assailants, which continued with a reference to the mayor of Rosario, Pablo Javkin....

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