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Fri Jun 26, 2015, 01:05 PM

BBC highlights Argentine President Cristina Kirchner's popularity

Buenos Aires Herald. June 26, 2015.

The world is closely watching Argentina’s political scenario with the general elections just around the corner. The BBC, the UK’s public-service broadcaster, published an article on President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner highlighting the leader’s "popularity" as she readies to leave office in December.

“Years go by, crises multiply, her rivals are born and die; but Cristina Fernández de Kirchner - CFK or simply ‘Cristina’ - resists,” the piece reads while director of the Isonomía consultant agency Juan Manuel Germano tells the British media that “the president today has a positive image of 50 percent.”

Under the title “The secret behind the popularity of Cristina Fernández in Argentina,” journalist Ignacio de los Reyes describes some pictures and graffiti he finds in the City of Buenos Aires showing a triumphant and “resistant” CFK.

The scenario in neighboring countries Chile and Brazil is also brought up, mentioning public image rates of Michelle Bachelet (24 percent) and Dilma Rousseff (10 percent), “two leaders facing serious corruption cases.” A honeymoon the BBC also compares with Ms. Kirchner’s predecessors: “Raúl Alfonsín (1983-89), strangled by hyper-inflation, was forced to leave power six months sooner than expected; Carlos Menem (1989-99) left strongly questioned by numerous scandals and a broken economy,” the British paper says on its online version leaving a special part to Fernando de la Rúa (1999-2001), “a more dramatic case.” He left the Casa Rosada in helicopter after signing his resignation, having reached only half of his term, amid social and economic turmoil.

Quoting Germano again, the article says “the citizenship starts to tell the president goodbye, makes a balance of her administration with policies such as the Universal Child Allowance, the renationalisations of YPF or Aerolíneas Argentinas, and laws such as the legalization of gay marriage, with a high level of support (60-70 percent approval).”

“One of her Achilles heels is the economic question (40 percent); although there has been an improvement in the approval of her economic administration over the past months,” the consultant tells the BBC.

Reyes continues the article saying that “loved or hated, no one can question that 'The Boss' enjoys extraordinary power and influence” only six months ahead of handing in the “keys of the Casa Rosada” to her successor.

At: http://buenosairesherald.com/article/192556/bbc-highlights-cfks-popularity

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Fri Jun 26, 2015, 04:43 PM

1. The opposition has thrown everything at "The Boss" possible. They hate her.

So glad to see that as of the date this article was written, she keeps on ticking!

I have always admired her poise, her professionalism, her politics. Even with the constant battle against her pitched by the fascists, she somehow managed to keep her head above water.

I hope she will, as the article claims, continue to be a force, even out of office. She has served the people well.

Thank you, so much, for this article.

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