Argentina

Kirchner to stand again


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President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced that she will run in the presidential election due to take place on 23rd October.

The President has kept the nation waiting for months, only saying that she will do what she felt her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, would have wanted. The closing date for presidential nominations is 25th June.

Cristina Kirchner will stand for the Front for Victory (FPV) and at the moment is the front runner in the polls with 47% of the vote.

Other declared candidates are Ricardo Alfonsín of the Radical Civic Union (UCR) who has 15% support and former president Eduardo Duhalde (2002 – 2003) who will stand as an Independent and has 7% support.

It became clear recently that Kirchner was planning to announce her candidacy when she opened up the old argument about the Falkland Islands with Britain. In an ill tempered statement she described British prime minister David Cameron’s stance on the Falklands as ‘mediocrity bordering on stupidity’.

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