Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been sworn in for a second term, promising to continue her popular but controversial policies.
She won a landslide re-election in October on the back of big-spending policies that have brought soaring growth but also high inflation, making investors nervous.
Other Latin American leaders attended the emotional ceremony to hear Fernández pledge to honour the constitution and the memory of her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner.
“If I fail to do so, let God, the country and him (her husband) take me to task for it,” she said, holding back tears.
Nestor Kirchner’s death last year brought a wave of sympathy for Fernández. He was president for four years until 2007 and was credited with rescuing Argentina’s economy.
Crowds of supporters outside Congress in Buenos Aires watched the swearing-in ceremony for Cristina Fernández.
She is the only female leader in Latin America ever to be re-elected.