Argentina Elects 'New Evita'

President Cristina to replace husband

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2007 4:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Argentine first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has become the country's first elected female leader after trouncing 13 rivals in the presidential election yesterday, Reuters reports. A glamorous 54-year-old lawyer and center-left senator, she will take over from husband President Nestor Kirchner in December. Kirchner is credited with leading Argentina's recovery from an economic meltdown in 2001.

"This country was destroyed. Suddenly, everything changed. She's going to take the government policies even further," said a supporter. The fiery, popular Kirchners built their reputations as defenders of human rights, evoking comparisons to popular political power couple Juan and Evita Peron. But some fear that the husband-wife presidential hand-off is part of a ploy to create a long-term political dynasty.

Argentina's president and his wife presidential candidate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wave  to supporters at their party's headquarters in Buenos Aires, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Early official results and several major exit polls suggested that Fernandez de Kirchner won the presidency Sunday by a large enough margin to avoid a...
Argentina's president and his wife presidential candidate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wave to supporters at their party's headquarters in Buenos Aires, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Early official results...   (Associated Press)
Argentina's presidential candidate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner makes the victory sign to supporters at her party's headquarters in Buenos Aires, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Early official results and several major exit polls suggested that Fernandez de Kirchner won the presidency Sunday by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff....
Argentina's presidential candidate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner makes the victory sign to supporters at her party's headquarters in Buenos Aires, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Early official results and several...   (Associated Press)
In this picture released by Argentina's presidency, presidential candidate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, right, and Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner, wave to supporters at their headquarters in Buenos Aires, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Early official results and several major exit polls suggested that Fernandez de Kirchner won the presidency Sunday by...
In this picture released by Argentina's presidency, presidential candidate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, right, and Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner, wave to supporters at their headquarters in...   (Associated Press)
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