I know that women have been elected as Presidents of many countries in the world, although that has yet to happen in the United States. But has there ever been an instance of a country where a President was elected, and then his or her spouse was elected at a later day to be President? I haven't heard it mentioned one way or another, and am quite curious.


Yes. Argentina had one of those, and a closely related situation.

Néstor Kirchner was Presidente of Argentina from 2003 to 2007, and his wife, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner served as President from 2007 to 2015.

Also in Argentina, Juan Perón died while in office and was succeeded by his wife Isabel Martínez de Perón, but that does not qualify because she was not directly elected as President (she succeeded Juan Perón because she was the Vice President).

  • I wonder if there was an instance that wasn't back-to-back. 16 years difference is a large amount of time. Hmmm... – PearsonArtPhoto Nov 9 '16 at 14:46
  • Juan Peron chose his wife to be his VP? Interesting... – PearsonArtPhoto Nov 9 '16 at 14:48

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