‘Victorious decade’: Argentina marks ten years of Kirchner family rule (PHOTOS)

‘Victorious decade’: Argentina marks ten years of Kirchner family rule (PHOTOS)
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez rallied a huge crowd celebrating a decade of the government she and her late husband Nestor Kirchner began in 2003 and suggesting that she may not be stand for another term.

She called the 10 year period a victorious decade, "won not by a government but by the people," which led the country out of an economic crisis to a period of growth.

This year Argentina is to have an election that will determine whether Fernandez will extend her rule beyond 2015. If she gains enough support in congress she will have the opportunity to change the constitutional term limits.

Though she suggested that she won’t try to run for the next term saying "I'm not eternal, nor do I want to be."

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gestures to supporters at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Alejandro Pagni)

After her husband Nestor Kirchner died of a heart attack in 2010, Fernandez has intensified her government's control over the economy and diverted billions of dollars more to subsidizing the poor.

"Equality is the grand symbol of this decade and of those to come," she commented during the celebrations.
She succeeded her husband in 2007, taking over a flagging economy that now appears threatened by high inflation rate, at around 20 percent and among the highest in Latin America according to AFP.

"This decade represents a tremendous missed opportunity, which you can see by looking at what other countries in the region have done with similar possibilities and limitations," said sociologist and attorney Roberto Gargarella.

Supporters of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gather at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)

However the Kirchners have been praised for policies enabling the prosecution of military officials for human rights abuses committed during the 1976-1983 dictatorship in Argentina. 

"It was extraordinary what they did in human rights and economics," said sociologist Jorge Giacobbe. It is reported by AFP.

Political and economic tensions ignited mass protests in the past years and led to a historic default on its $132 billion foreign debt. These tensions "are evidence that the end of a cycle has arrived," noted Giacobbe.

A supporter of late Argentine President Nestor Kirchner and current President, his wife Cristina Fernandez, wears a t-hirt with a legend reading "Love defeates hate". (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)

A supporter of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner plays a bass drum displaying a portrait of late Argentine President Nestor Kirchner and reading "Unbearably alive" while arriving to Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)

Supporters of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gather at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)

An acrobat performs at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Alejandro Pagni)

Supporters of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner gather at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 25, 2013. (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)

Fireworks explode at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 25, 2013 during the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the "Frente para la Victoria" as ruling party. (AFP Photo / Alejandro Pagni)