Argentine president vows growth after vote

BUENOS AIRES – President Cristina Fernandez said yesterday that keeping Argentina’s economy growing despite the global consumption slowdown is her top priority as she looks forward to what seems like a certain reelection in October.

Fernandez received just more than 50 percent of the valid votes in Sunday’s primary, leading her nearest challengers by more than 37 percentage points. Continue reading

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Argentine president defiant after mid-term losses

Argentina’s president expressed defiance Monday after voters took away the ruling party’s edge in Congress.

Sunday’s midterm elections have severely weakened President Cristina Fernandez and her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, who had warned that “chaos” would ensue if the government lost its legislative majorities. Continue reading

Argentine leader suffers sharp blow in vote

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez lost control of Congress in Sunday’s mid-term election as her husband trailed in a key congressional race, preliminary official results showed.

Exit polls showed Fernandez allies would lose enough seats in the lower house and the Senate to wipe out her majorities in both houses as her center-left government struggles to contain a dramatic economic slowdown. Continue reading

Argentina’s ruling couple face key test

Argentina’s president and her predecessor husband are fighting for their political survival in congressional elections that have become a referendum on their populist economic policies and autocratic leadership style.

President Cristina Fernandez— who has nationalized pension funds and waged a four-month battle over taxes with the powerful farm sector in a bid to increase state control over the economy — has seen her approval ratings plummet to 29% this year. Continue reading

Argentina: Policy directions after Sunday’s election

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is likely to lose her majority in Congress in a mid-term election on Sunday that could limit her influence over economic policy and the ruling Peronist party.

Her husband and predecessor, Néstor Kirchner, is seeking a seat in Congress and faces a close race in the country’s most populous province — a key electoral battleground and Peronist stronghold. Continue reading

Legal experts bash ‘testimonial’ candidacies

While twenty-five constitutional scholars yesterday filed before the National Electoral Court their objections against the ruling party’s “testimonial” candidacies, Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli said once again he would “eventually” and “when the time comes” take his seat in the Lower House of Congress.

The legal experts remarked that the candidacies of Scioli, Cabinet Chief Sergio Massa and former president Néstor Kirchner, head of the ruling party’s slate in Buenos Aires province, are “not valid.” They added that “150 years of constitutional doctrine” say so. Continue reading