October 27, 2007

Argentine politics is monarKia.

In the run up to the Argentine presidential election on October 28, the new buzzword of Argentine politics is “monarKia.” Competitors of Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, a presidential hopeful and the wife of the incumbent President Néstor Kirchner, coined the word, using “K” from “Kirchner” to alert the public that the couple is attempting to create a dynasty together. Cristina is the runaway leader among the 14 candidates for the presidential election.

According to Argentine media outlet Angus Reid Global Monitor, an opinion poll released yesterday showed that Cristina, from the center-left Front for Victory (FV) Party, was favored by 44.3 percent of respondents, surpassing Elisa Carrio from the Civic Coalition Party (CC), who garnered 15.7 percent. Her popularity has been steady since August. According to Argentine law, the country confirms the election of a winner in the first round of an election if he or she either garners more than 45 percent of the vote or obtains more than 40 percent of the vote and outperformed the candidate in the second place by more than 10 percentage points.

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