Fernández falls further behind in polls on corruption allegations and reforms

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Recent corruption allegations involving the late Argentine president Néstor Kirchner have affected the popularity of his widow and current President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as she attempts to push through judicial reforms, a poll showed.

According to polling firm Poliarquía, which measures monthly changes in the president's image, Fernández recorded a positive perception of only 35%, representing a fall of 8% on the previous month, reported national daily Cronista.

According to Fabián Perechodnik, a director at Poliarquía, 70% of the fall was due to the president's attempts to reform the judiciary in a process of so-called democratization that will increase the government's control over the judiciary.

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As such, while Perechodnik thinks the government is still likely to win the October mid-term legislative elections, he does not expect it to secure enough seats to enable a change in a constitutional amendment that would allow the president to seek a third term in office.