Argentina seeks to clear way for IMF deal

ARGENTINA - Argentina's Senate yesterday debated the country's 2002 budget a day ahead of schedule as part of efforts to unlock a big support package from the International Monetary Fund.

Support from the fund, whose mission was due to arrive in Buenos Aires yesterday, is seen as vital if Argentina is to stabilise its financial system and revive an economy in its fourth consecutive year of recession.

However, the IMF, whose mission is headed by the chief of its new special operations unit, Anoo