Argentine Duo Evokes Evita Era

Hubby plans to handoff presidency to wife through Perón party
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2007 5:21 AM CDT
President Nestor Kirchner and his wife Cristina arrive in Andean city Mendoza, Argentina, Friday, May 25, 2007, to attend a rally marking the 197th anniversary of the installation of Argentina's first...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A popular Argentine political couple is evoking images of President Juan Perón and his powerhouse wife Eva, the London Times reports. Popular Senator Cristina Fernandez is a whispered favorite to take her country's top spot now that her husband, President Néstor Kirchner, has decided not to pursue a second term.

Fernandez is the candidate of the popular Peronist party, founded by the Peróns. Polls show strong support for her bid to become her country's first elected female president, although Argentina has a history of strong women in politics that only begins with Evita—Cristina won her Senate seat over the wife of Kirchner's predecessor.