Alliance for Work, Justice and Education
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|Alliance for Work, Justice and Education|
|Leader||Fernando De la Rua|
|Politics of Argentina
The Alliance for Work, Justice and Education (in Spanish: Alianza para el Trabajo, la Justicia y la Educación) was a party coalition in Argentina around the turn of the third millennium. It was born of the alliance of the Radical Civic Union (UCR), the Front for a Country in Solidarity (FrePaSo), and a number of smaller provincial parties, in 1997.
The Alliance presented itself as a progressive, moderate center-left alternative to the neoliberal government of Carlos Menem, with a mandate to end corruption and unemployment. It first took part in the 1997 legislative elections. In the 1999 elections it took Fernando de la Rúa (UCR) to the presidency, together with Carlos Álvarez as his vice-president, defeating the Justicialist Party.
However, De la Rúa soon revealed himself as unable or unwilling to tackle corruption and to revive the Argentine economy, which was in a recession, with innovative measures. In 2000, amid a scandal caused by accusations of bribery involving UCR senators and members of the cabinet, Álvarez resigned from the vice-presidency, gravely hurting the unity of the Alliance. The socio-economic situation worsened, and De la Rúa was forced to resign by the December 2001 riots. The Alliance soon disintegrated, its members returning to their former parties or finding new ones.