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Confidential documents call Kirchner 'erratic, personalistic'

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bush era US embassy leaked docs speak of Kirchner's 'divide-and-conquer' gov't style

Former President Néstor Kirchner.

As the Wikileaks scandal surrounding the recent release of confidential US documents around the globe continues, new details came to light on the several appreciations made by the US embassy in Buenos Aires under the Bush administration regarding Néstor Kirchner's government, one of them stressing that his government ways tilted towards a "divide and conquer" style.

Dated from June 26th, 2006, the document describes what the Kirchner administration looked like after three years in power.

"Given Kirchner's control over all aspects of (the Argentine government's) policymaking, knowledge of Kirchner's motivations and methods in arriving at decisions is essential to understanding (the government's) actions.

Mr. Kirchner was described as "personalistic and often erratic," while sources close to him assured that his administration was "characterized by an overarching focus on the short-term and politically expedient accumulation and maintenance of domestic political power."

"Kirchner's domestic political style leaves no room for dissent and utilizes divide-and-conquer tactics to weaken the political opposition," the documents read, adding that, in practice, he has demonstrated that his ideological leanings are always less important than the practicalities of domestic politics."

The confidential dossiers also mention the former president's psychological profile, and mention "a need to always be in control, quick and decisive decision making, and a constant struggle against
perceived enemies."


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