Argentina's De La Rua Is Skipping The Honeymoon

The new leader will move fast to revive Argentina's economy

It was Fernando de la Rua's moment of triumph. He had just been elected President of Argentina in convincing fashion, crowning a four-decade-long political career and drawing down the curtain on the 10-year reign of Carlos Menem's Peronist Party. But in keeping with his character, de la Rua, 62, was subdued after the Oct. 24 vote. He barely cracked a smile, even as thousands cheered him outside a Buenos Aires hotel. "We will bring economic development with social justice," he pledged somberly.

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