The Kirchners are playing a high-risk hand in Argentina’s General election today.
It could see the party they brought to power lose control of congress mid-term.
Half of the seats in Congress are renewed in this vote, and a third of the Senate positions are also up for grabs. Former president Nestor Kirchner
is standing in the capital Buenos Aires in what’s seen as a bid to rebuild his position before standing for the presidency again.
A victory for him this Sunday could take the edge off any loss for his wife’s party overall, and that’s what the polls are predicting for President Christina’s Peronist party, only sure of thirty percent approval in opinion polls.
The party is suffering in towns and the country where conflict over soya export taxes has left political scars. In his campaign Nestor Kirchner has brandished the spectre of a return to the chaos of 2001, Agentina’s worst financial crisis ever, and that may win votes at a time of global recession.
Kirchner play high risk game