Political opposition in Argentina repudiates attack on Cristina Fernández

Leaders of the main political opposition coalition in Argentina repudiated this Thursday the attack on the country’s vice president, Cristina Fernández.

"My absolute rejection of the attack suffered by Cristina Kirchner (sic) which fortunately has had no consequences for the vice president"said former president Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).

Macri, a member of the Republican Proposal (PRO), one of the forces of the opposition front Together for Change, said on the social network Twitter that "This very serious fact requires an immediate and profound clarification by the Justice and the security forces".

On Thursday night, the Federal Police arrested an armed man who was a few meters from the vice president, when she was on the street, at the doors of her apartment in the Recoleta neighborhood of the capital, surrounded by Kirchnerist militants.

Local television media showed images showing a man trying to shoot the vice president.

The incident is part of a climate of strong political tension in Argentina, after on August 22 a prosecutor requested a 12-year prison sentence for Cristina Fernández in the context of the oral trial she faces for alleged irregularities in the award of public works during his Government (2007-2015).

The mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, also a leader of the PRO, expressed his "total solidarity" with Cristina Fernandez and her "strongest repudiation and condemnation of what happened tonight".

"Justice must act quickly to clarify the facts"added the mayor of the capital.

For his part, Gerardo Morales, president of the Radical Civic Union (UCR), another of the forces of Together for Change, also expressed his "strongest repudiation of the attack suffered by Vice President"a fact "very serious that cannot in any way be underestimated".

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"I ask all the leaders to reflect and help reduce the tension in society at a time when the people are having a very bad time and need politics to build a way out through dialogue"said Morales, governor of Jujuy province.

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