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October 29, 2010

Condolence book placed at embassy of Argentina

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October 29, 2010


Argentina’s former president Nestor Kirchner died on October 27 at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack in the city of El Calafate in Patagonia, Southern Argentina. He served as president from 2003 to 2007 after which his wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, succeeded him for the period 2007 to 2011. A condolence book will be opened in the Embassy of the Argentine Republic on 29th October, 1st and 2nd of November from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., says a press release issued by the embassy.
Nestor Kirchner, a lawyer by profession, started his political career in the Patagonian Province of Santa Cruz, where he remained governor for many years.
He was elected president in 2003. Leader of the Peronist party, Nestor Kirchner was still popular when he left the presidency and he remained politically energetic despite his illness.
He had been elected congressman to the Argentine National Congress (Parliament) and was expected to stand again for the presidential election of 2011.
In the international arena, he was elected secretary general of the regional organization Union of South American Nations.
During his tenure as president, he oversaw Argentina’s recovery from the country’s economic crisis of 2001 and took the major step of renegotiating terms on most of the country’s foreign debt. He also paid off the US $9.8 billion debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The news of his death shocked the people of Argentina. The spontaneous mass gathering spent the night in vigil, lighting candles and knotting bunches of roses and condolence messages to the railings of the Argentina’s presidential palace ‘Casa Rosada’.
Supporters expressed their love and affection towards their departed president and conveyed sympathies to his wife, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
After an intimate and family mourning ceremony in El Calafate, his dead body was flown to Buenos Aires to lie in state in

the National Congress, where a vigil will take place.
This is the customary honour rendered to presidents in Argentina. A period of three days of national mourning has been announced with the national flag flying at half-mast.
— Ishrat Hyatt




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