Ex-Argentine President Nestor Kirchner Dies
by Olivia Elson on Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Just a few days ago, on the 27th October, Nestor Kirchner died following a fatal heat attack, aged 60. He was the president of Argentina between 2003 and 2007 and arguably one of the most influential politicians of the country’s history.
His achievements are said to include stabilising the Argentine economy in the midst of the global crisis, tackling poverty and significantly reducing unemployment in the country. He also made notable progress on a number of human rights infringements by the military government that ruled between 1976 and 1983.
His grief-stricken wife, Cristina Fernandez, who has been president since 2007, must continue her work without what many believe to be vital backing from her husband. Always seen as a political team, there is much speculation as to whether Fernandez will be able to fulfil the role of president alone, since Kirchner was largely agreed to be the power hub of the Argentine government.
On the other hand, Fernandez’s supporters see this as an excellent opportunity for the female power image in the country. While the idea of a woman successfully running the state has yet to be accepted by a huge number of people in what remains a male-dominated society (certainly not helped by the chaotic presidency of Isabel Peron previously) time will tell whether Fernandez, like her husband, will prove an influential figure in the Argentine, and indeed global, political spheres.