Chief of State: President Mauricio Macri
Head of Government: President Mauricio Macri
Government Name: Argentine Republic
Constitution: Adopted: 1853; This is one of the primary sources of existing law in Argentina and discusses declarations, rights, and guarantees; form of government; and divisions of government powers.
Government Type: Republic
|Main Powers||Election Process||Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/|
The president is the head of state, chief executive of the federal government, and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The vice president replaces the president in case of absence, incapability, death, or resignation and also acts as the president of the senate.
The president is elected by qualified majority. The vice president is appointed by the president.
The supreme court is the highest court of law and functions as a last resort tribunal, its rulings cannot be appealed. It also decides on cases dealing with the interpretation of the constitution.
The members of the supreme court are appointed by the president with the agreement of at least two thirds of the present senate members.
The senate must introduce any changes to federal revenue sharing policies, ratify international treaties, approve changes to constitutional or federal criminal laws, as well as confirm or impeach presidential nominees to the cabinet, the judiciary, the armed forces, and the diplomatic corps. The chamber of deputies holds exclusive rights to levy taxes, draft troops, and to excuse the president, cabinet ministers, and members of the supreme court before the senate.
The senate has 72 members who are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system. The chamber of deputies has 257 members that are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system.
Chamber of Deputies: 4 years; Senate: 6 years
Foreign Policy Trends: Argentina's foreign policy priorities are focused on increasing regional partnerships, including consolidating and expanding the MERCOSUR regional trade bloc and more deeply institutionalizing the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Diplomatic efforts to assert its sovereign claim over the Falklands (Malvinas) form a continuing point of focus for Argentine foreign policy. Argentina is an active member of the United Nations system and served a 3-year term on the UN Human Rights Council that ended June 2011. Argentina currently has approximately 700 peacekeeping troops in Haiti in support of the UN peacekeeping operation (MINUSTAH), reflecting its traditionally strong support of UN peacekeeping operations. As a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Argentina has been a strong voice in support of promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy and nuclear non-proliferation efforts.
Regional Trade Blocs: MERCOSUR
Treaties: South American Defense Council
International Organization Participation Source: CIA World Factbook
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Environmental Agreements Source: CIA World Factbook
|Antarctic-Environmental Protocol||Antarctic Treaty||Biodiversity||Climate Change||Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol||Antarctic Seals|
|Antarctic-Marine Living Resources||Desertification||Endangered Species||Environmental Modification||Hazardous Wastes||Law of the Sea|
|Marine Dumping||Marine Life Conservation||Ozone Layer Protection||Ship Pollution||Wetlands||Whaling|
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Tax Authority: Federal Administration for Public Revenues
Tax Name: VAT