Politics

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner wins re-election in Argentina

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was elected in 2007 after her husband Nestor Kirchner died. While he was president, some referred to the couple as the "Clintons of the South."

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Juan Mabromata

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner won a second term today with a resounding victory in nationwide elections.

Helped by a booming economy and a weak opposition, Kirchner swept nearly 54 percent of the vote. She earned the largest share of votes of any president since the country's return of democracy in 1983.

Her nearest competitor, Hermes Binner, took 17 percent.

Kirchner rebounded from a difficult beginning to her term, when her approval ratings plummeted and her party suffered a humiliating defeat in midterm elections. 

Her party also won majorities in both houses, and won eight of the nine governorships that were up for grabs in the elections.

More on the elections:

How Cristina turned her fortunes around

The election in photos

The crucial battle is for Congress

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