Argentina's first lady launches presidential campaign

Argentina's first lady Cristina Fernandez Kirchner launched her election campaign to continue the economic policies of her husband in her bid to become the country's first elected female president.

Argentina's first lady launches presidential campaign

Argentina's first lady Cristina Fernandez Kirchner launched her election campaign Thursday to continue the economic policies of her husband in her bid to become the country's first elected female president.

Displaying her campaign slogan, "The change has just begun," the 54-year-old attorney and senator, detailed her platform in a 45-minute speech in front of 2,000 supporters in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires.

The popular politician, who is sometimes compared with Hillary Clinton, will run instead of President Nestor Kirchner as the ruling Peronist Party's candidate for the country's October 28 election.

If she wins, Fernandez would become the first female elected president of Argentina. The only previous female president of Argentina, Isabel Martine de Peron, assumed office in 1974 on the death of her husband, then-president Juan Domingo Peron. She was ousted two years later in a military coup.

President Kirchner has been hurt in the last several months amid a corruption scandal, restoked inflation in Argentina and shortages of petrol and heating fuel during a cold winter in the southern hemisphere country. Meanwhile, his sometimes authoritarian style has met with increased domestic criticism.

Despite growing problems, Argentina's economic revival since he took office in 2003 has kept Kirchner and Fernandez personally popular, while the conservative opposition is divided and without strong presidential prospects.

DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2007, 15:23
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