Supporters of Argentine President President Cristina Fernandez de Kircher at the Casa Rosada Executive Mansion waiting to join her inside for a ceremony. Buenos Aires, 28-Jan-2012
At the Casa Rosada

Kirchner Supporters, Waiting for an Audience

Supporters of Argentine President President Cristina Fernandez de Kircher at the Casa Rosada Executive Mansion waiting to join her inside for a ceremony. Buenos Aires, 28-Jan-2012
At the Casa Rosada

I came across this gathering of supporters of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner near the Casa Rosada Executive Mansion yesterday as they patiently waited to join her inside for a ceremony. I was struck by the variety of shirts being worn.

I was aware of her left/liberal and populist leanings, but didn’t realize the breadth of that support in this polarized country. Even that support isn’t all inclusive however; there are pro-Kirchner and anti-Kirchner factions in several parties.

Nationwide her approval ratings have dipped under 40%; in November upwards of half a million people took to the streets to voice their disapproval, the largest anti-government protest here in a decade. Inflation pushing 25% and widespread corruption are the chief points of discontent.

There’s a pretty good intro to what defines Kirchnerism, the political philosophy of the current president and her late husband Néstor, on Wikipedia here. And for stroll down memory lane, here’s a bit culled from the Wikileaks document dump where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wonders about CFK’s mental health.

Supporters of Argentine President President Cristina Fernandez de Kircher at the Casa Rosada Executive Mansion waiting to join her inside for a ceremony. Buenos Aires, 28-Jan-2012 Supporters of Argentine President President Cristina Fernandez de Kircher at the Casa Rosada Executive Mansion waiting to join her inside for a ceremony. Buenos Aires, 28-Jan-2012 Supporters of Argentine President President Cristina Fernandez de Kircher at the Casa Rosada Executive Mansion waiting to join her inside for a ceremony. Buenos Aires, 28-Jan-2012

I'm sure Cristina scolded them for leaving such a mess.
I’m sure Cristina scolded them for leaving such a mess.

More photos on my flickr stream here.

Buenos Aires, 28-Jan-2012

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