Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took office as Argentina's first elected female president on Monday in a rare husband-to-wife handover Argentines hope will sustain an historic economic boom. Fernandez, a former first lady and senator, began a four-year term promising to continue the policies of her husband, former president Nestor Kirchner.
South America's political shift leftward continued on Tuesday with the inauguration of Uruguay's first leftist president. Several of South America's most prominent leftist leaders were expected to join thousands of Uruguayans celebrating the swearing-in of Tabare Vazquez, a 65-year-doctor who won the presidency in the October 31 election.
Across the low-lying plains in this eastern Bolivia city, green and white flags hang from storefronts and drape from cars -- symbols of a growing push for greater political autonomy in the country's most prosperous region. Handwritten signs near the city's plaza read ''Autonomy now!''