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Reincarnating Evita

If myths could come true through sheer willpower, Cristina Kirchner, the wife of Argentine President Néstor Kircher, would already be a 21st-century Evita Perón. But myths are a collective and mysterious construction. Otherwise, they would be for sale.

In Argentina’s recent legislative election, Cristina Kirchner became a political force in her own right, making the Kirchners a ruling couple from now on – the second in the country’s history after Juan Perón and Evita. Mrs. Kirchner was elected Senator for the province of Buenos Aires, where much of the country’s economic might is based. It is also where most of Argentina’s poor live.

True, the Kirchner name helped, and perhaps tradition also played a part. After all, Isabelita – a very small woman in every sense and Perón’s third wife after Evita – became the country’s first female President only because she was Perón’s widow.

Cristina Kirchner, however, is no small woman. As a lawyer and legislator since 1989, she enjoys a privileged role in developing the strategies of her husband’s government. Unlike any first lady in Argentine history, she is capable and well prepared when discussing complex issues such as money laundering or labor law.