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In late March, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez sent his guy to Washington to smooth things over. With negotiations stalled, Economy Minister Martin Guzman had meetings with U.S. officials and the International Monetary Fund over its $45 billion loan.

Back home, Fernandez’s populist vice president took to the microphone to make one thing clear.

“We can’t pay because we don’t have the money,” said Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who held the nation’s top job from 2007 to 2015. The IMF’s terms are “unacceptable.”

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It was a telling moment. When Fernandez, 62, took office in the final days of 2019, he presented himself as

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