The first couple of Argentinian politics have been dealt a humiliating blow at the country’s mid-term elections.
Former president Nestor Kirchner – and husband of the current leader – lost out in a high-profile vote for a place in congress. His wife, President Cristina Fernandez, had her majority in the lower house mauled, and even came very close to losing her majority in the Senate. The results come at a time when Kirchner’s approval ratings are languishing at around 30 per cent. Her attempts to keep inflation under control, and plans for export taxes, have made her administration unpopular, expecially among Argentina’s huge agricultural community. The big winner was a figure from the opposite wing of her own Peronist party. “I said one day that we would change history, and that day is today. In Argentina we have turned the page of history in order to start a new future history for all Argentines,” said opposition candidate Francisco de Narvaez. De Narvaez – who owns a television station and several other businesses – spent millions of his own money to fund his campaign, based on reigning in the Kirchner’s hold on power.