Latin American markets roundup

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24 (UPI) -- Stocks were mostly up across Latin America in an abbreviated holiday week of trading. Relief that the war in Iraq seemed resolved with little difficulty, and solid domestic news buoyed investors.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

Analysis: Argentina vote fights over past

QUERETARO, Mexico, April 17 (UPI) -- The first round of the Argentine presidential election takes place April 27. It says much that Carlos Menem, the country's president for two terms that stretched across the 1990s, has a good chance of winning. He left office in 1999 among cries of corrupt
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Chief Economics Correspondent

Feature: Economic campaign in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, March 13 (UPI) -- Leading candidates for Argentina's presidential elections next month are jockeying for position as they woo voters with their financial policies. A key issue is the value of the currency.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

Feature: What choice for Argentine voters?

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- How much is the word of an Argentine politician worth? That is the big question being bandied about the beleaguered country's press these days as the focus has turned from a long-sought loan deal with the International Monetary Fund to a presidential elec
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent

IMF team arrives, Argentine leaders huddle

Argentine officials, in what has become a most Sisyphean task, are finalizing new economic measures they hope will impress a negotiating team from the International Monetary Fund, which landed in Buenos Aires Monday for a new round of negotiations.
BRADLEY BROOKS, UPI Business Correspondent
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Nestor Kirchner
Nestor Kirchner, president of Argintine, addresses the 61st session of the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 20, 2006 in New York. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Néstor Carlos Kirchner (Spanish pronunciation: ; 25 February 1950 – 27 October 2010) was an Argentine politician who served as the 54th President of Argentina from 25 May 2003 until 10 December 2007. Previously, he was Governor of Santa Cruz Province since 10 December 1991. He briefly served as Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and as a National Deputy of Argentina for Buenos Aires Province. Kirchner's four-year presidency was notable for presiding over a dramatic fall in poverty and unemployment, following the economic crisis of 2001.

A Justicialist, Kirchner was little-known internationally and even domestically before his election to the Presidency, which he won by default with only 22.2 percent of the vote in the first round, when former President Carlos Menem (24.4%) withdrew from the ballotage. Soon after taking office in May 2003, Kirchner surprised the world by standing down powerful military and police officials. Stressing the need to increase accountability and transparency in government, Kirchner overturned amnesty laws for military officers accused of torture and assassinations during the 1976–1983 "dirty war" under military rule.

On 28 October 2007, his wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was elected to succeed him as President of Argentina. Thus, Kirchner then became the First Gentleman of Argentina. In 2009, he was elected a National Deputy for Buenos Aires Province. He was also designated Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations on 4 May 2010.

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