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Trouble for Argentina's 1st couple

ARGENTINA'S first couple suffered a setback in a vote seen as a referendum on their political dynasty, losing control of both houses of Congress.

The loss weakened President Cristina Fernandez's government by diminishing her ability to push legislation through Congress and damaging the reputation of her Peronist party as it seeks direction ahead of 2011's presidential race.

Fernandez's husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, lost a bid for a seat from Buenos Aires province. The setbacks could kick off a power struggle within the party, which Kirchner has headed since 2007. He conceded defeat early yesterday.


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