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Argentine 'first lady' thanks her husband

world Updated: Oct 31, 2007 04:01 IST

First Lady Cristina Fernandez, in her first televised interview since winning Argentina's presidency, wished Hillary Clinton well in her US election bid and thanked her husband for his role in her triumph at the polls.

Speaking on Argentina's Todo Noticias network on Monday, Fernandez defended President Nestor Kirchner's controversial handling of inflation and the nation's consumer price index and promised to put a priority on creating jobs, boosting exports and bettering health care and education.

Fernandez, a 54-year-old three-term senator, captured 45 percent of the vote on Sunday, outpacing another woman runner-up, independent Elisa Carrio, by more than 22 percentage points. A dozen other candidates trailed even further back, in an unprecedented race where women took the top two spots.

Fernandez acknowledged in the 40-minute interview that she admired Hillary Clinton and noted frequent comparisons made between the two.