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Argentina suspends all football matches after assassination attempt on vice president

Argentina suspends all football matches after assassination attempt on vice president
Argentina suspends all football matches after assassination attempt on vice president

Argentina suspended all football matches in the country on Friday following the attempted assassination of Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Thursday night.

Three games in the country’s top division have been called off, along with several lower-tier games, the reserve league and the women’s league game.

“The Argentine Football Association expresses its strongest repudiation of what happened with the country’s vice president, Dr. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner,” she said in a statement. “And we appeal to society as a whole warning that violence of any kind is never the way.

“All meetings scheduled for today are suspended.”

Kirchner had returned home to a large crowd around 9 p.m. Thursday evening. A man approached Kirchner and was seen on video pointing a gun inches from his face and appeared to pull the trigger – although the gun did not fire.

Kirchner is unharmed. A man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

“Cristina is still alive because, for reasons that have not been technically confirmed, the weapon, which was loaded with five bullets, did not fire,” President Alberto Fernández said Thursday evening in a speech. to the nation. “This is the most serious event since we got our democracy back.”

Kirchner, 69, was president of Argentina from 2007 to 2015. Her husband, Nestor Kirchner, was also elected president from 2003 to 2007.

Fernandez also declared a national holiday in Argentina on Friday to allow citizens to “defend life and democracy in solidarity with our vice president.”

Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was unharmed after an apparent failed assassination attempt Thursday night. (Reuters/Augustin Marcarian)

The article is in French

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