Who is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner? Argentina’s vice president in an ‘assassination attempt’

Who is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner? Argentina’s vice president in an ‘assassination attempt’
Who is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner? Argentina’s vice president in an ‘assassination attempt’

Argentine former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was on her way home from court, facing corruption allegations, when she narrowly escaped a bullet.

President Alberto Fernández revealed that the assassin’s gun was loaded with five bullets, which did not fire when triggered. Police are trying to establish a motive for the attack on the left-wing politician and lawyer, who served as Argentina’s 54th president from 2007 to 2015 and Argentina’s vice president since 2019.

In a video circulating on social media, a gun comes out of the crowd as Ms Fernández de Kirchner approaches. She initially seems confused by what is happening, stooping down to retrieve an object that has fallen on the floor.

In a second video, people in the crowd appear to be trying to block Ms Fernández de Kirchner from the alleged shooter, who was inches away from her. Crowds have gathered outside her home in recent nights to show their support and solidarity, as she fights charges of defrauding the state and being involved in a scheme to embezzle public funds as she was president.

But who is Cristina Fernández de Kirchner? Here’s everything you need to know.

Who is Cristina Fernandez?

Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner, often referred to by her initials CFK, was born on February 19, 1953 in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires. Her father, Eduardo Fernández, was a bus driver and her mother, Ofelia Esther Wilhelm, was a Peronist labor leader and single mother.

She then studied psychology at the National University of La Plata, before abandoning it after a year and switching to law.

Fernández married Nestor Kirchner, whom she met at university, in 1975. A year later, the couple moved to their native region, the southern province of Santa Cruz.

What are the highlights of Cristina Fernández’s career?

Ms. Fernández de Kirchner’s political career began in 1989 when she was elected as a member of the provincial legislature of Santa Cruz.

In 1991, Mr. Kirchner was elected governor of Santa Cruz. He won two more terms, while Mrs. Fernández de Kirchner supported him as a deputy.

When Mr. Kirchner was elected president in 2003, she became the First Lady (2003-2007). At this point, Ms. Fernández de Kirchner was a senator with her own political clout in Congress. In this role, she actively supported her husband’s policies which included increasing social spending.

In 2005, she won the elections to become a senator for the province of Buenos Aires for the Justicialist Party. She won 46% of the vote, ahead of her rival, Hilda Gonzalez, wife of former President Eduardo Duhalde (2002-2003).

She was also the first senator to have an office within the presidential palace, drawing criticism from the opposition. The ruling party justified the decision by insisting that the office was small and that as First Lady she had a right to live there.

Néstor Kirchner died in 2010 and Ms. Fernández de Kirchner was subsequently elected for a second term in 2011. She won the 2011 general election with 54.1% of the vote.

In October 2013, two years after her election and three years after the death of her husband, she was forced to miss work for a month for health reasons, after being diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage.

However, she recovered from the surgery and went on to serve another two years as president.

The Argentinian lawyer and politician was also named Argentina’s 37th Vice President in 2019.

What were the corruption charges brought against Cristina Fernández de Kirchner?

Several scandals occurred during the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration. She was charged with fraud relating to the sale of low-priced dollar futures, but was later acquitted. And, in 2015, she was also charged with obstructing the investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing.

Four years later, in April 2019, she published her autobiography, Sinceramente, where she addresses the allegations made against her.

“They have done this before and continue to do everything possible to destroy me,” she wrote. “They think they’ll eventually overthrow me – clearly they don’t know me.”

Then, in August 2022, crowds gathered outside Fernández de Kirchner’s home in Buenos Aires to show support as prosecutors sought a 12-year sentence for charges dating back to his presidential term.

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