Kirchners bow out after 12 divisive years of Argentina rule
Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30
Twelve years of rule by Cristina Kirchner and her husband Nestor in Argentina have ended.
She has left a profoundly polarised society behind her. Clientelism and corruption are rife, as all but the most die-hard 'Kirchneristas' agree.
Ms Kirchner hands over the presidency to her arch-rival, businessman Mauricio Macri. She has been doing her best to stage a spectacular finale - launching new spending plans, recalculating the budget, appointing new ambassadors and orchestrating a giant 'farewell party' on the eve of Mr Macri's inauguration.
She refused to attend the handover or give Mr Macri the reins to the presidential Twitter account, with her spokesman on Tuesday saying: "The conditions are not correct" and likening it to a coup d'etat.
While some progress was made on unemployment, poverty remains commonplace.