Midterm electionsSunday, June 28, 2009
'Elections are a referendum on Kirchners' popularity'
Foreign media all agreed. Worldwide, as the BBC website says, the midterm elections in Argentina are "seen as a referendum on the popularity of the presidential couple". The British media is in concordance with French Newspaper Le Monde. The French media, in a story titled "The Kirchner spouses made a plebiscite out of the elections," reminds its readers that the Kirchners oriented the election that way by repeating "It's us or chaos."
In the United States, newspapers are quite pessimistic about the Kirchner's chance to win the midterm elections. The Christian Science Monitor claims that "high stakes are in play for the ‘ruling couple'", while the Washington Post already claims that these elections are seen as "weakening Argentine leader (Cristina Fernández de Kirchner)."
South American media don't forecast so much. Brazilian Folha simply titles "Néstor Kirchner searches victory in order to strengthen his wife," reminding that the elections come at a moment where signs of economical recession appear in the country. Chile's Mercurio remarks: "The Kirchners' political dynasty's survival is at stake" and dedicates a large story on how cameras were implemented in voting stations to avoid fraud in Argentina.