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New president, outdoor bash in Buenos Aires

December 11, 2007 |  7:56 am

FernandezThe inauguration of Cristina Fernandez as Argentina's new president moved Monday afternoon from the stately confines of the congressional palace to a raucous outdoor concert at the Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires.

There Fernandez and her husband, now ex-President Nestor Kirchner, joined on stage with assorted Argentine musical luminaries, including Mercedes Sosa, the legendary chanteuse, and a riffing Gustavo Santaolalla, two-time Oscar winner for his film scores.

Clarin reports that the presidential couple, a bit out of place in their formal get-ups amid the mostly jeans-clad musicos, nonetheless did a few steps and even sang along. President Fernandez flashed lots of smiles and delivered a bevy of hugs and kisses after her mostly somber and humorless inaugural address. Some 10,000 people showed up in the central plaza, and  business came mostly to a halt downtown.

Patrick J. McDonnell and Andres D'Alessandro in Buenos Aires

Photo: Cristina Fernandez, right, embraces Mercedes Sosa at Fernandez's inauguration celebration; Credit: Natacha Pisarenko/AP