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Gas shortage plunges Argentina into a new political crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Argentina is entangled, once again. The obstacles to building a gas pipeline have ejected the Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas, from the Cabinet over the weekend and stirred up tensions between the president, Alberto Fernández, and his vice president, Cristina Kirchner.

The background is a serious shortage of gas and diesel, which forces Argentina to import and dries up the Central Bank's meager reserves of dollars. The energy crisis, which is not new, finally became a political crisis, the umpteenth that the South American country is facing.

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