Argentine president picks economy minister as running mate

08:39, June 27, 2011      

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Saturday that Economy Minister Amado Boudou would be her running mate in the Oct. 23 general elections.

"The Minister of Economy, Amado Boudou, is who will accompany me so that together we submit to the will of the people," Fernandez said in a televised speech, stressing Boudou's "loyalty" and "courage."

Boudou, 48, joined the national government in 2007 and was appointed economy minister two years later.

In his previous job as head of the state pensions body, Boudou won Fernandez's trust by proposing to nationalize the private pension funds in 2008, an idea the president accepted in order to overcome the financial crisis.

The president's choice of running mate became a focus of attention Tuesday, when Fernandez confirmed that she would seek re-election in October.

"We are going to the polls once more. I want to be the bridge between the new and old generations," Fernandez said in a national television and radio broadcast at a ceremony in the official government residence.

"Those who are active members of the national movement like I am, we will keep on working on the commitment that we have built," she said.

Fernandez took office on Dec. 10, 2007 as the successor of her husband Nestor Kirchner, who died last October.

Source: Xinhua
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