Argentine president opens new Twitter after spat with predecessor

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri dances on a balcony of the Casa Rosada after the inauguration ceremony in Buenos Aires on December 10, 2015 (AFP Photo/Cezaro De Luca)

Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri unveiled a new official Twitter account Tuesday after the conservative leader's left-wing predecessor refused to hand over the previous one.

Macri's administration opened for business under the Twitter handle @CasaRosada -- the name of the iconic pink presidential palace in Buenos Aires -- after ex-president Cristina Kirchner refused to give up the previous official account, @CasaRosadaAR.

"Today the #CasaRosada finds us united. There's change in the air and we're ready to grow," said one of the first messages posted on the new official account.

Macri, who was inaugurated on December 10, and Kirchner, who had been in office since 2007, have had a series of public spats ever since he beat her chosen successor in a run-off election.

She boycotted his inauguration after a dispute over where to hand over the presidential sash and scepter -- he wanted to receive them at the presidential palace, she wanted to do it at Congress -- escalated into a messy court battle.

The fallout from the argument extended to the presidential Twitter account.

Kirchner announced she would keep it as a "tribute to the presidencies of Nestor Kirchner (her late husband and predecessor) and Cristina Kirchner, May 25, 2003 to December 10, 2015."

She has changed the handle to @CasaRosada2003-2015.

Twitter removed the blue badge marking it as a verified account on December 10.