From Néstor years… (2003-2007)
By the time of 2003 elections, candidate Néstor Kirchner, then governor of the province of Santa Cruz, was barely known by the general public. Argentina was not recovering from the economic crisis that had affected the country from 2000, the institutions were deteriorated, Carlos Menem–the responsible for the 1990s neo-liberal policy–was well represented in the Supreme Court.
There was total repudiation to politics and politicians alike, and the first round of elections resulted in no official winner. Kirchner and Menem had to go to a ballotage. Opinion polls forecasted a devastating loss by Menem… and he decided to give up. Néstor Kirchner was the one elected, since he won because of the surrender of his adversary.