President of Argentina
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Date of Birth: 19 February 1953
Birth Place: La Plata, Argentina
Political Party: Front for Victory
Arrival in Power: 10 December 2007
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Lawyer, Politician
Cristina Kirchner is the first elected female President of Argentina. She was born in Tolosa in 1953. She studied law at the University of Law Plata. During the 1970s she became involved in a young peronist movement. She first held an elected post in 1989 in the provincial legislature. In 1995 she was elected to the Senate, in 1997 to the Chamber of Deputies and in 2001 to the Senate again and again in 2005.
In 2007 she won the presidential elections in the first round with 45.3% of the votes, avoiding a second round. At the start of her term she was faced with several economic challenges, including inflation and Argentina's defaulted debt. Her close ties to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez were revealed during the "Suitcase Scandal" where it is alleged the Venezuelan leader supporter her campaign financially. In March 2008, when she proposed a large tax increase on agricultural products, the country's farmers rose up in protest, Kirchner for her part was not willing to negociate and her stubbornness cost her to have her approval rating drop to around 24%. The project was eventually rejected in the Senate. Her approval rating has risen slightly since, but her party has lost it's absolute majority in the latest mid-term elections.
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Updated on: July 29th, 2013