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Nestor Kirchner

27 October 2010

Nestor Kirchner, the former (and possibly future) President of Argentina, and spouse of Presidenta Cristina Fernández de Kirschner, died this morning at the age of 60.

Having come into office after a period of economic and political instability (the elected president and vice-president for the 1999-2003 term resigned in 2001.  An interim president didn’t even serve out his three-month term, but resigned within a week, followed by another interim president), Kirscher faced the daunting task of reversing Argentina’s economic free-fall AND bringing credibility to his office.  Taking on the International Monetary Fund (it was his government that simply refused to pay off on loans taken out by illegitimate military governments) and overseeing the creation of Mercosur were among the “radical” steps that enraged the great powers, but helped restore Argentina and Latin America’s credibility as self-governing peoples and reminded the world that our mutual interests were not to be subordinated to those of the major powers.


Photo: Inca Kola News

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 27 October 2010 6:41 pm

    Nestor Kirchner was one of the subjects to Oliver Stone’s new documentary South of the Border. Check out this clip from the film where him and Oliver Stone are discussing the politics of President George W. Bush:

  2. Rafa permalink
    27 October 2010 11:55 pm

    Did you see the comments on Kirchner on American and European press? I thought they were quite condescending. It seems the people who wrote them, were making an effort not to throw insults at him, something that is common to see on international media coverage of Argentina but that would not be considered tasteful now, since he has just died.

    Argentina keeps having many problems: corruption, a relatively unstable political system, a double digit inflation. But that her situation is now far better than it was immediately before Kirchner took office, I don’t think anyone can deny . He managed to complete his term, and his wife is well into hers – a stark contrast to the early 2000s, when Argentina had a new president every few weeks. And recession has been replaced by one of the highest growth rates of the hemisphere. But even those merits the media want to deny him. I hope history will be fairer.

  3. otto permalink
    28 October 2010 10:16 am

    The measure of the man is that the whole of Latam has been moved by this news, not just the often isolated Argentina. Rare is the Argentine leader that made an impact outside his country.

    Yes, Rafa. No politico is a saint, but the mealy-minded attitude taken by much of the nothern press the last 24 hours has been at best best taste and at worst abhorrant. There will be time enough to pick over the man’s failings (and he had them) but the good he brought to Argentina and to LatAm must be celebrated first. I’m again reminded that Latinos retain a stronger sense of family than anglosaxons (to lump two epithets crudely). The loss is shown at these times, the lack of respect for other human beings.

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