Argentina’s first lady has vowed to continue the work of her husband after winning a presidential election widely seen as a referendum on his economic policies. Long before counting was completed it became clear Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had won the vote by a big enough margin to avoid a second-round ballot.
Fernandez is a long-time senator and key aide to her spouse, Nestor Kirchner. Claiming victory before an ecstatic crowd she said it was a triumph for all Argentineans. As counting progressed, Fernandez was on course to beat her nearest rival by more than 20%. She will become Argentina’s first elected female leader.
Her husband is credited with transforming the country’s economy since coming to power four years ago. It had gone through a period of boom and bust after a financial crisis in 2001.