Can Argentina’s Moderates Go the Distance?

By Benjamin N. Gedan

Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta pledges to bridge the political divides that have begun to wear on many Argentines.

BUENOS AIRES – Last month, The Economist said Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the mayor of Argentina’s capital city and a candidate in next year’s presidential election, lacks “pizzazz.” They meant it as a compliment. Argentina’s politics are notoriously volatile, fueled by a partisan rivalry so deep and persistent it is known as the grieta or “fissure.” But the country’s moderates see things differently. They celebrate antigrieta candidates and their pragmatic positions, sometimes described as “Central Korea” (neither North or South) or as “neither River...

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