Daniel Halliday
Aug 14 · Last update 4 days ago.
Could Argentina’s corrupt former president get back into power?
Argentina is a country with a long history of corruption, but the various ongoing cases surrounding former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner have been some of the country’s worst. The country is also facing a massive economic crisis, and reform under current President Mauricio Macri has been slow. Public opinion of Macri seems to be faltering as former de Kirchner Chief of Staff, Alberto Fernandez, who recently won the presidential primaries, looks set to win the upcoming general election in October, with none other than Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as his running mate. Does de Kirchner running for Vice President in Argentina mean it’s likely that she will be pardoned for corruption? Could de Kirchner be seeking to indirectly assume office?
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Yes, a further effort to retain political power while evading prosecution
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Yes, a further effort to retain political power while evading prosecution

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been involved in a myriad of scandals, and has even been charged with high treason, but she has so far evaded prosecution as she enjoys immunity as a sitting senator, a position she ran for following her presidency. However Cristina Fernandez could still face trial which has led many to believe she is running as vice president with Alberto Fernandez in order for her former colleague to officially pardon her as his Vice President (a president cannot pardon themselves) and further obstruct investigations, allowing her to avoid conviction. Many even view this as an effort to regain political power directly, as political consultant Carlos Fara states, “nobody will imagine they are voting for Alberto without thinking that it’s a vote for Cristina. In the eyes of the public, it will be Alberto governing, but Cristina in power.” [1]

abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/argentina-leader-trial-alleged-cover-bombing-53537541 [1] reuters.com/article/us-argentina-election-idUSKCN1SO0BW

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