Analysis: Argentina’s Fernandez weakened by vote but still in charge

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner smiles after the first results of the Congressional primary elections in Buenos AiresBy Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez may be a lame duck after her coalition was thumped in a mid-term primary election, but with two years left in power she can still impose more of the capital and currency controls that have cut confidence in Latin America's No. 3 economy. Fernandez's candidates won just 26 percent of the nationwide vote in Sunday's primary, much less than expected, and her hand-picked congressional candidate lost in the must-win province of Buenos Aires, home to 40 percent of the country's electorate. …

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