Argentina’s former president is trolling her successor on Twitter

Subtweeting her successor.
Subtweeting her successor.
Image: Reuters/Andres Stapff
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Former president of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has made no secret of her displeasure with her successor, Mauricio Macri, who was elected by a narrow margin and sworn into office on Dec. 10, ending a 12-year reign for Kirchner’s leftist party.

Shortly before leaving office, Kirchner fired several parting shots, nominating two Supreme Court justices, appointing several ambassadors, and signing a decree to boost government spending by 133 billion pesos ($13.7 billion).

Kirchner also boycotted a ceremony transferring power to Macri, and refused to turn over what had been the presidential Twitter handle: @CasaRosadaAR. Instead she named the account, which has 327,000 followers, “CasaRosada 2003-2015,” referencing the years that she and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, spent in office. Then, she continued to tweet. (Kirchner’s camp must hold the password.)

Kirchner—who is not known for her diplomacy on Twitter—has been using the account to disparage Macri’s policies and repeatedly point out that, while massive floods have displaced tens of thousands of Argentinians in the country’s northeast, the new president is vacationing in Patagonia.

For his part, Macri has a new official Twitter account, @CasaRosada, where his inaugural tweet welcomed a “time of dialogue.”

Good luck with that.