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By Jerry Nelson     Jul 9, 2013 in Politics
Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has instituted several government reforms that has many international and national observers convinced she is trying to destroy democracy.
Recently, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner hosted a rally to reform the judicial system in Argentina.
While Kirchner stated that she would do anything to "democratize" the three branches of government, she later used Twitter to speak out against Justice Carlos Fayat, the most senior member of the Argentine Judiciary
“We can’t be having an almost centennial court member,” Argentina’s head of state tweeted. “The National Constitution establishes an age limit of 75 years old to be part of the tribunal.”
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner  President of Argentina
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina
Presidencia de la N. Argentina
The tweets indicate to shift towards anti-democracy in Argentina's government. Judicial reforms which would encourage the top court to make rulings based on popular opinion instead of law are becoming common place.
Kirchner repeatedly spoke the word "democracy" in her speech, but national and international observers say the new law allowing popular opinion to dictate the courts runs counter to democracy.
AFTA (American Task Force Argentina), which works to resolve the decade-old debt that Argentina has with the rest of the world, monitors the government in Argentina for signs of human rights abuses in addition to watching the economy.
Judicial reforms are just one of a number of actions by Kirchner that are raising concerns in South America's second largest country.
She has also implemented a tax amnesty measure which led to money laundering, protectionist trade policies, price freezes and has attempted to control the independent media by trying to break up Grupo Clarín.
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