Néstor Kirchner

President of Argentina from 2003 to 2007

Néstor Kirchner (born Néstor Carlos Kirchner Ostoić[b], 25 February 1950 – 27 October 2010) was an Argentine lawyer and politician who was the 54th President of Argentina from 2003 to 2007. Previously, he was the acting president of Argentina from May to December 2003. After his presidency, Kirchner became the First Gentleman of Argentina from 2007 until his death in 2010. As member of the Justicialist Party, he previously served as Governor of Santa Cruz Province from 1991 to 2003, and mayor of Río Gallegos from 1987 to 1991. He later served as the first ever (and still only) First Gentleman of Argentina during the first tenure of his wife, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Ideologically, he identified himself as a Peronist and a progressive, with his political approach called Kirchnerism.

Néstor Kirchner
Kirchner in 2005
54th President of Argentina
In office
10 December 2003 – 10 December 2007[a]
Acting: 25 May – 10 December 2003
Vice PresidentDaniel Scioli
Preceded byEduardo Duhalde (Acting)
Succeeded byCristina Fernández de Kirchner
First Gentleman of Argentina
In office
10 December 2007 – 27 October 2010
PresidentCristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded byCristina Fernández de Kirchner (as First Lady)
Succeeded byJuliana Awada (as First Lady, 2015)
1st Secretary General of UNASUR
In office
4 May 2010 – 27 October 2010
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byMaría Emma Mejía Vélez
National Deputy
In office
10 December 2009 – 27 October 2010
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
President of the Justicialist Party
In office
11 November 2009 – 27 October 2010
Preceded byDaniel Scioli
Succeeded byDaniel Scioli
In office
25 April 2008 – 29 June 2009
Preceded byRamón Ruiz
Succeeded byDaniel Scioli
Member of the Constitutional Convention
In office
1 May 1994 – 22 August 1994
ConstituencySanta Cruz
Governor of Santa Cruz
In office
10 December 1991 – 25 May 2003
Vice Governor
Preceded byRicardo del Val
Succeeded byHéctor Icazuriaga
Intendant of Río Gallegos
In office
10 December 1987 – 10 December 1991
Preceded byJorge Marcelo Cepernic
Succeeded byAlfredo Anselmo Martínez
Personal details
Néstor Carlos Kirchner Ostoić

(1950-02-25)25 February 1950
Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Died27 October 2010(2010-10-27) (aged 60)
El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Resting placeMausoleum of Néstor Kirchner, Río Gallegos
Political partyJusticialist Party
Children2, including Máximo
Alma materNational University of La Plata
OccupationPolitician, Lawyer

During his presidency, Kirchner was considered Argentina's fixer as he led Argentina out of instability and violence following the December 2001 Argentine Riots. He made many Argentine's experience, stability and prosperity. Corruption and Inflation lowered as well.

In 2007, Kirchner handed over the presidency to his wife, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. This was the second time a male Argentine presidnet handed over power to his wife, after Juan Perón and Isabel Peron in 1974 where Isabsl took power after Juan died.

After handing power to his wife, Kirchner became the First Gentleman of Argentina. On 27 October 2010, Kirchner died of a heart attack in El Calafate, Santa Cruz at the age of 60.

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  1. Kirchner completed the remaining term of Fernando de la Rúa from May to December 2003 where he won a term of his own and where he was officially declared president
  2. Kirchner's full birth name was Néstor Carlos Kirchner Ostoić, but then Kirchner simplified his full name just simply into Nestor Kirchner in 1970.

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