Argentine President Mauricio Macri (Image: Argentine Government, public domain)

Top Story — Export taxes for Argentina’s major agricultural products will be eliminated beginning on Tuesday, President Mauricio Macri announced during a meeting with the Argentine Industrial Union on Monday. Export taxes will no longer apply to corn, wheat, fish and meat, while export taxes on soy will be reduced from 35 to 30 percent. Monday’s announcement…

Newly elected Argentine President Mauricio Macri, seen here in 2012 planting a tree in Buenos Aires. (Image: Mariana Sapriza/GCBA, CC BY 2.0)

Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri entered the “Casa Rosada” today, bringing an end to 12 years of leftist “kirchnerismo” rule and ushering in, supporters hope, an era of economic liberalization and foreign investment. Macri’s narrow victory last month over establishment candidate Daniel Scioli has largely been attributed to economic concerns. With unofficial inflation rates hovering around…

Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri and his predecessor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in 2104. (Image: Presidency of Argentina, Public Domain).

Hello subscribers, sorry for the delay this morning in sending you Today in Latin America. We have been having technical difficulties with our website, but they should now be solved. Thanks for your patience! — The LAND staff Top Story — Mauricio Macri assumed the presidency of Argentina today, signaling a shift away from the left-leaning…

Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri. (Image:  Buenos Aires government, CC BY 2.0”)

Center-right candidate Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s runoff presidential election on Sunday, The Associated Press reported, defeating the ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli and marking the end of 12 years of left-leaning governance under President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her late husband Nestor. The election is the second round of an upset for Scioli, as…

Argentine presidential candidates Mauricio Macri and Daniel Scioli. (Image: Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Argentina’s November presidential election is headed to a runoff with no clear favorite. Reuters reported on Monday, however, that unnamed officials from the camp of defeated presidential hopeful Sergio Massa confirmed he will support opposition candidate Mauricio Macri, who surprised the country in Sunday’s election by winning only some two percent fewer votes than…

Argentine opposition candidate Mauricio Macri. (Image: Government of Buenos Aires, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — In Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, Argentina’s Daniel Scioli failed to avoid a runoff in a major upset, while comedian Jimmy Morales won second-round polls in Guatemala by a landslide and polling in Haiti passed off without either major violence or a clear winner. Scioli, the longtime favorite and the chosen successor…

Argentine presidential favorite Daniel Scioli. (Image: Mariano Pernicone, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Argentina, Guatemala and Haiti will hold presidential elections this weekend. In Argentina, Daniel Scioli is favored, but he is not guaranteed to avoid a runoff at the polls on Sunday. The governor of Buenos Aires province, Scioli is also the anointed successor of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, described by Reuters as…

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BUENOS AIRES — The mysterious circumstances under which Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman died in January of an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head has spawned a number of theories that challenge the official narrative put forth by the government. Nisman was found dead in his apartment on the night of January 18, one…

​Citibank's Buenos Aires headquarters, which were inspected Monday by government regulators. (Elsapucai, public domain)

Top Story — The legal battle between Argentina and a group of U.S. creditors flared up again on Monday, when regulators from Argentina’s central bank inspected Citibank’s Buenos Aires headquarters after the company’s CEO was suspended last week. The spat is the result of arguments about debt restructuring in Argentina, which defaulted on its debt…

Transportation unions strike in Argentina. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — A 24-hour strike on Tuesday by transportation unions in Argentina caused a domino effect that led to the cancellation of domestic and international flights, school and bank closures across the country and thousands of shuttered businesses. The transportation unions organized the country-wide strike to dispute steep inflation and current income tax rates….