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Cristina Kirchner

Argentina's president has given no sign that she aimed for office for any reason other than to satisfy her vast ambition

By William Gill   April 2008

Argentina’s recently elected president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was due to visit London this week for the Progressive Governance conference. She was forced to cancel her trip owing to a national strike by Argentinian farmers, who are outraged by a series of new taxes. This has led to food shortages, road blockages and anti-government demonstrations—not the kind of image Kirchner wanted to project abroad.

Argentina has been a constitutional democracy ever since the fall of the last military junta in 1983. The experience has not been successful. Ever since becoming a republic in 1853, the country has had a fraught…

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