Cristina takes over continuation of presidential office

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Néstor and Cristina de Kirchner will transfer today their marital bond to state policy, when the husband hands over the ceremonial sash and staff to her wife before Congress. If the outgoing Kirchner had to rebuild his originally-marred legitimacy after taking office with 22 per cent of votes, the incoming Kirchner will have to gather experience as of today in an executive she has never exercised and to which she gained access with more than 45 per cent of votes, though thanks to a unilateral decision of her husband of nominating her as presidential candidate.

This will be a historical event. Not just because Cristina de Kirchner will be the first president-elect in Argentine history, but also because there are no global precedents of a democratic presidential succession in which a couple plays the lead.


Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will take the oath of office today at 3 p.m., becoming the new president of Argentines. At 5 p.m., she will swear her cabinet in. On that moment, a music show will be staged in the square Plaza de Mayo, opposite to Government House. She is expected to go on the stage at 8 p.m. to accompany the musicians. It's believed that, during her speech before Congress, she will make resounding announcements, like new public works and initiatives like the rushed-about social pact, offering some signs of change.

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