An assassin attacked Argentina’s vice president. His gun jammed at her head

President Alberto Fernandéz said there were five rounds in the gun, but it misfired when the trigger was pulled.

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An assassin attacked Argentina’s vice president. His gun jammed at her head

The vice president is currently facing a trial in which she is accused of corruption. On Friday, she was returning from court and was greeted by her supporters in front of her house. A man stepped out of the crowd and pointed a gun at her. It was only a few centimeters from her head. The man tried to fire, but the shot did not go off. The vice president then bowed her head.

The attacker was detained and turned out to be a thirty-five-year-old Brazilian. His motive becomes more specific.

In a night speech, Alberto Fernandéz described the attack as the most serious since 1983, when the country returned to democracy after losing the war over the Falklands.

Cristina Fernandézová de Kirchner was the country’s president from 2007 to 2015. In the corruption trial, she faces up to 12 years and a lifetime ban from politics. However, because she is the president of the Senate, she has parliamentary immunity. She can only end up in prison if the sentence is confirmed by the Supreme Court or if she does not defend her seat in the Senate in 2023.

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