Argentina's next vice-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner warned that the road ahead will be tough on Sunday night, as she celebrated Peronism's return to power.
"Today, Alberto is the president of all Argentines," said Fernández de Kirchner, who governed Argentina from 2007 to 2015 as president.
"[But] he will have a very hard task ahead of us that will require the cooperation of all Argentines," she cautioned.
Speaking from the Frente de Todos bunker in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Chacarita, Fernández de Kirchner implored both sides “those who voted for us and those who didn’t” to unify in the progression and care of the country.
Fernández de Kirchner, a sitting senator for the Buenos Aires Province, took to the stage with president-elect Alberto Fernández, Bueons Aires Province governor-elect Axel Kicillof and a host of Peronist leaders.
She blew kisses at the crowd and thanked supporters who brandished tattoos with her image and the image of her late husband and predecessor as president, Néstor Kirchner, who died nine years ago Sunday.
“I never thought on this day I would be so happy, this day that always finds me disconsolate. But today, I have so much joy.”
Reverberating a familiar sentiment of the post-electoral discourse, she beckoned upon the incumbent administration of current President Mauricio Macri to deliver unto the incoming officials of December, a smooth transition, and to take diligent care of the country until then.
She asked Fernández, who shared the stage, to allow her the boldness of addressing Macri directly.
“I am going to ask in my character as ex-president, that please until December 10, do as I did until December 9, when it was my turn to transfer power. Take all the measures that should be taken to alleviate the dramatic situation in which the country’s finances are living," she added.
Fernández de Kirchner cited the “institutional and constitutional responsibility” one has to their country to govern “from the first day they assume their posting until the very last.”
The senator also expressed her gratitude “for this excellent democratic venture by all the people of the country” and the “hundreds of thousands of anonymous citizens that have resisted, that don’t have a focus group or polls, but have thoughts and feelings that have helped them to remain standing, for love and its effect.”