Argentinean first lady, Cristina Fernández, will run for presidential elections. This is the opinion of Manuel Ferreira
Argentinean first lady, Cristina Fernandez, will run for next presidential elections
on October 28th
. She will try to succeed her husband, Nestor Kircher, who decided to cut himself
off the elections for the Casa Rosada. The torment 'Cristina-Nestor' that has
been pestering Argentineans is ended and now the fortune of Argentina will be
influenced “president’s wife”. From Evita Peron, to Isabel Martinez, passing from
Carlos Menem ex wife, Zulema Yoma, the country has always undergone the influence
of the primeras damas, who have plotted, done and undone beyond the scenes. But
this time, comparison can’t keep up: “Cristina is a woman with a sound political
stature. There is no comparison between her and the women of the past of Argentina.
If we really want to make a comparison, I would compare her to Hilary Clinton,
rather than Isabelita Peron”. Comments to this news were made by Manuel Ferreira,
with his easy-going but pungent attitude. He is an actor coming from Buenos Aires
and he has been putting on stage the crux of Argentinean society in many theaters
all over Italy, from the economic crisis of 2001, to the native people issues.
He says that he to look at his countries as any other citizen does, like a sort
of “drunken housewife”, who is also careful and hypersensitive.
“Argentina has always been so incredibly paradoxical – Manuel explains – we
experienced Kircher taking the power, this exploit shocked the best analysts,
and we are now facing his wife. Nestor was an outsider. Before him, the political
game was played in Buenos Aires: candidates were chosen among former governors
of the province, among his intendants or they were people who already played a
role in the national government. Instead Kirchner shocked everybody and changed
the game”. From then on, provinces acquired more importance. You just need to
look at the person who will run for elections together with Cristina, Julio Cobos.
“the mysterious governor of the western province of Mendoza”, Ferreira says with
tongue in cheek. The coupling between Cobos and Kirchner’s wife is one more oddity
of this election game. Cobos is the result of Kirchnerism, he comes from a distant
country and he will play the game for the vice-presidency.
But the Buenos Aires actor (porteño) raises the stake: “Why would we choose Cristina
instead of Nestor, who could have run for the election for the second and final
time, after his national and international success? We can answer this question
only by making conjectures. We need to stay patient and see”.
For sure, Cristina Fernández represents the continuity with her husband. “A
president who was certainly at the core of debates but who did reach sound objectives
– the artist says before leaving for his home country where he will deal with
the issue of factories squatting, to put it on stage. “ If you think about the
way in which he faced the issue of human rights, and the way in which he shouldered
the decision to pay the foreign debt or how he negotiated the international position
of this country which is so inconvenient and difficult - he adds – why are we
concentrating only on what he hasn’t done?”. According to Ferreira, by candidating
his wife, it’s like creating continuity with this work, even though there is uncertainty
about the political game laying behind this decision. We could make different
guesses. There are rumors about the president being sick, or about him giving
up after the sound victory of his bitter opponent, Macri, in the Buenos Aires
“Macri represents the meneism and his victory may represent that fact that porteños
citizens are tired to see a man that they never really appreciated. The president
is a strict man, even touchy from a political stand point and he is so harsh with
the press that often he looks like a censor. The capital middle class has never
appreciated it; I realized that in many occasions. Also during the last elections,
many people declared that by choosing Kirchner, they would have chosen the less
negative solution. But by winning the elections in Buenos Aires, Macri will stay
out of national competition, leaving to Cristina great chances for success”.
A guarantee. But, according to the porteño actor, beyond the decision to candidate
the first lady there might be the possibility to have Kirchner back to his old
position as governor of Patagonia, where there is huge debate going on about energy
resources.“We are almost getting to the point - Manuel Ferrerira says – I only
hope that the Kirchners will succeed. It’s very difficult to trust a politician
for Argentineans, but for me it’s enough to look at the support he receives by
those people who has always criticized the system, like Hebe de Bonafini, for
trusting him. The fact that the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo support Kirchner is the
most important guarantee and it is far more worthy than thousand electoral promises”.