Latin America

Argentina elections: is Alberto Fernández a populist?

Presidential candidate Alberto Fernández with his running mate, former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo Julio Gelves
President-elect Alberto Fernández with VP and former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Photo: Julio Gelves

Argentina’s presidential election on October 27 has swung power back to the center-left following four years of right-wing rule under Mauricio Macri. The former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, is now set to hold the vice-presidency and serve under the experienced—yet until recently little-known—candidate Alberto Fernández.

Following Mr. Fernández’s shock victory in the August national primaries, international commentators quickly went about learning everything they could about Argentina’s next president, and asking a recurring question with many Latin American leaders: is he a populist?

Though not an unreasonable inquiry in a country where populism has a...

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