Outgoing President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner cast her ballot for the last time as Argentine head of state a few minutes after 11:30 AM in Río Gallegos.
In an unusual move, Cristina addressed the press after voting and praised both her and her late husband Néstor Kirchner’s terms in office: “We’ve never had a 12-year government mandate with such social stability and progress.”
She also said it’s a “historic phenomenon” that people are voting in a country that has a “5.9 percent unemployment rate, has generated millions of jobs and managed to achieve peace within our society.”
The sitting President called people to “think back in time” when they vote since “it’d be a terrible shame to lose the Argentine people’s achievements. I ask people to remember where they were and how they lived in 2003,” she said.
In the 28 minutes she talked to the press, Cristina also said she was “concerned” about the incident that took place in the Mansión Sere — a former detention center during the dictatorship — and that Argentina is “one of the few countries that took its own dictators to trial.”
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