Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner celebrates election victory.
BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Lately it seems that whenever a new president is elected in a Central American or South American country — Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia are among the most recent examples — local Jews express alarm.
Not so in Argentina.
Sunday’s comfortable victory by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the wife of incumbent President Nestor Kirchner, is being warmly welcomed by the country’s 200,000-strong Jewish community, the largest in Latin America.
Fernandez de Kirchner, a senator with the long-influential Peronist party, has developed close relationships with Jews both in Argentina and in the United States, community leaders here say.
“This is not going to be a new government in terms of issues related to Jewish community concerns,” Donzis said Monday. “We were and will be supported by Cristina. She is publicly committed to us, she was at Jewish demonstrations and celebrations, and even spoke at Jewish events.” CONTINUE