The Supreme Court of Argentina, a powerful body in turmoil

The history of the Argentine Court since the return to democracy in 1983 is one of permanent tension between independence and submission to political power.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Argentina has a problem with its Supreme Court. The highest Court of the country and head of one of the three branches of government, together with the Executive and the Legislature, is in the grip of fratricidal disputes among its members, the conflictive succession of its presidency, and an unexpected resignation that left it with only four of its five members.

The Court has been discredited for decades. From the "automatic majority" of the 1990s, when rulings were drafted at the pleasure of the then Government, it underwent an auspicious reform during Kirchnerism in the early . . .

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