Argentine army chief under indictment

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The commander of the army of Argentina has announced his retirement after his indictment on corruption charges in a procurement scandal.

Argentina: Farmer protests persist

BUENOS AIRES, March 31 (UPI) -- Protesting Argentine farmers' talks with the government remained stalled Monday despite assertions both sides were ready to negotiate, government officials say.

Argentina: Farmer protests end for talks

BUENOS AIRES, March 29 (UPI) -- Protesting farmers in Argentina decided Friday to bring an end to weeks of demonstrations protesting taxes on certain export goods.

Argentine president warns farm strikers

BUENOS AIRES, March 27 (UPI) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner said she will not negotiate with farmers on strike until they call off their protests.

Argentina, Brazil team up for nuke project

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Argentina and Brazil have agreed in Buenos Aires to begin negotiations during the next 120 days to build a joint uranium enrichment plant.

Argentine president to hit the road

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will do some globe-trotting this spring to shore up international relationships, it was reported Sunday.

Lawyer admits to being a foreign agent

MIAMI, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A Venezuelan lawyer hired by his country's government to contain a political scandal has pleaded guilty to being an illegal foreign agent in the United States.

Venezuela, Argentina allegedly in cahoots

MIAMI, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Venezuela and Argentina allegedly conspired to hide a scandal involving a suitcase of money sent by Venezuela to an Argentine presidential candidate.

New Argentine president takes office

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- New Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has pledged to not allow her country's differences with neighboring Uruguay to deepen.

Brit drummer apologizes to Chile president

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The drummer for the British rock band The Police has apologized for remarks implying the president of Argentina is more attractive than the leader of Chile.

Brazil, Argentina discuss energy options

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Brazil and Argentina are discussing cooperation on nuclear and oil issues.

Kirchner ahead in Argentine election

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was leading late Sunday in the race to replace her husband, Nestor, as president of Argentina.

Argentine first lady running for president

BUENOS AIRES, July 20 (UPI) -- Argentine President Nestor Kirchner's wife, after months of speculation, has officially declared her candidacy to succeed her husband in office.

Kirchner wants wife to succeed him

BUENOS AIRES, July 2 (UPI) -- Argentina President Nestor Kirchner says his wife should take his place as the candidate from the ruling party in October elections.
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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner attends the opening plenary of the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center in Washington on April 13, 2010. UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 19 February 1953), commonly known as Cristina Fernández or Cristina Kirchner (or simply Cristina), is the 55th and current President of Argentina and the widow of former President Néstor Kirchner. She is Argentina's first elected female President, and the second female President ever to serve (after Isabel Martínez de Perón, 1974–1976). A Justicialist, Fernández served one term as National Deputy and three terms as National Senator for both Santa Cruz and Buenos Aires Provinces.

A native of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Fernández is a graduate of the National University of La Plata. She met her husband during her studies, and they moved to Santa Cruz to work as lawyers. In May 1991, she was elected to the provincial legislature. Between 1995 and 2007, she was repeatedly elected to the Argentine National Congress, both as a National Deputy and National Senator. During Kirchner's presidency (2003–2007) she acted as First Lady. Fernández was chosen as the Front for Victory presidential candidate in 2007. In the October 2007 general election she obtained 45.3% of the vote and a 22% lead over her nearest rival, avoiding the need for a runoff. She was inaugurated on December 10, 2007. As a First Lady, and later President, she has become a fashion icon for women, a notable advocate for human rights, poverty awareness and health improvement.

Fernández was born in Ringuelet, a suburb west of La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires, daughter of Eduardo Fernández and Ofelia Esther Wilhelm. She studied law at the National University of La Plata during the 1970s and became active in the Peronist Youth. During her studies there, she met her future spouse, Néstor Kirchner. They were married on March 9, 1975, and had two children: Máximo and Florencia. Néstor died on October 27, 2010 after suffering a heart attack.

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