Argentina’s Fernandez loses Congress
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner lost power in Congress after voters angry at her handling of a farm strike, crime and a slowing economy favored opposition candidates in mid-term elections yesterday.
Nestor Kirchner, Fernandez’s husband and predecessor, acknowledged this morning that a slate of candidates he led for the lower house of congress in the bellwether province of Buenos Aires was defeated. Partial results indicate the government will lose its majority in both houses of congress, with no party having outright control.
She had had the election moved up four months, probably in the hope that economic conditions now would be better than later, but it didn’t work.
Noticias 24 has a graph with the results (click for article):
All in all, Hugo’s had a hell of a weekend.
Following the defeat, Néstor Kirchner resigned as leader of his Partido Justicialista (PJ) political party.