A man held a handgun to the head of Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner at close range Thursday night in Buenos Aires and appeared to pull the trigger, video of the incident shown on Argentine television showed.
The gun did not discharge and police quickly arrested a 35-year-old man who authorities said was Brazilian and lived in Argentina. In cellphone videos posted to social media, Ms Kirchner, who was not injured, can be seen from multiple angles flinching and ducking after the shooter pointed the gun inches from her face in a busy street in the elegant neighborhood of Recoleta.
“It is the most serious act since the return of democracy,” President Alberto Fernández said in a televised address condemning the attack.
Ms Kirchner “is still alive because for some reason that is still unconfirmed, the shot did not go off. All the Argentine people are shaken,” the president said.
Authorities have not said whether they have a theory as to why the man allegedly attacked the vice president. The attack on Ms Kirchner happened as she was returning home before 10 p.m. from court on Thursday, where she is in the midst of a corruption trial. Anti-corruption prosecutors last week charged her with bribery, seeking 12 years in prison and a permanent ban from public office for Ms Kirchner, who served as president from 2007 to 2015. She has publicly stated that she is innocent and the victim of a politically motivated crime. pursuit.
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Appeared in the September 2, 2022 print edition as “Man Aims Gun at Argentina’s Kirchner”.