Argentina’s “Second Evita” Now a Lame Duck
First Honduras, now Argentina. Good to see Latin America is correcting its mistake earlier this decade when it elected all those left-wingers to power.
Argentina’s first couple suffered a stunning setback in an election seen as a referendum on their political dynasty, losing control of both houses of Congress.
The loss weakened President Cristina Fernandez’s government two years before she leaves office by diminishing her ability to push legislation through Congress and damaging the reputation of her Peronist party as it seeks direction ahead of 2011’s presidential race.
Fernandez’s husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, lost a bid for a seat from Buenos Aires province. The setbacks could kick off a power struggle within the party, which Kirchner has headed since 2007.
Kirchner conceded defeat early Monday after trailing Francisco De Narvaez by 32.2 percent to 34.5 percent with 91 percent of the ballots counted.
Make sure to check out “Fausta’s Blog” later on in the day. I’m sure she’s going to have her usual stellar wrap-up of all the events in Latin American politics she always does.