02/09/2022 14:40 | In a flash
Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner survived an assassination attempt on Friday. The assassin aimed a fully loaded pistol at her head, but then his weapon misfired.
Everything was supposed to take place in front of the vice president’s house, when she was getting into the car in a crowd of her supporters. The assassin was able to aim the gun at her from close range by a few centimeters.
The perpetrator was detained by supporters and security, he is said to be a thirty-five-year-old man of Brazilian origin.
President Alberto Fernández called the attack the most serious incident since Argentina restored democracy after a military junta in 1983.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner he is part of a very influential Argentine political family. Her husband, businessman and politician Néstor Kirchner, led the country as president from 2003–2007. At the end of the election period, he decided not to run again and sent the previous first lady to the election in his place. She became the president herself.
In Argentina, this function has a rather “American” nature of a real head of executive power. In 2011, she defended the position. Four years after the end of the second mandate, she returned to the presidential palace as vice president, her superior is Alberto Fernández, originally the head of her husband’s office.
The vice president is facing criminal charges for corruption in the awarding of public contracts. Prosecutors are demanding a 12-year sentence and a lifetime ban on political activity, but the politician is protected by immunity until the end of her term in 2023.
The trained lawyer has already faced criminal prosecution in her previous positions.
“We can disagree, we can have deep disagreements, but hate speech has no place here. Hate breeds violence and there is no chance for violence to coexist with democracy,” President Fernández continued.
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