Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Argentina: Fernandez reappears and reprimanded for being “illegal”

BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) – Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner appeared in public again Tuesday for the first time since serving six years in prison for corruption and the judiciary, pointing to the disappearance of the rule of law in the country. repeated the criticism. , She also confirmed that she would not be a candidate in 2023.

Fernandez de Kirchner, the most influential Argentine politician of the past two decades, was sentenced on 6 December to six years in prison and disqualified for life from holding public office for acts of corruption during his presidency between 2007 and 2015 Was.

As she announced the same day of sentencing, Fernández de Kirchner reiterated that she would not be a candidate for the ruling party next year, when general elections would be held, Congress would be renewed and governors would be elected in several provinces.

The Vice President clarified that the decision is due to the fact that it is “illegal”.

“Neither resignation nor self-immolation, indictment,” insisted Fernandez de Kirchner, leading a political task force in Avellaneda, a suburb south of the capital. “I’m not going to subject someone to our political power to take on a candidate, to say ‘she’s doomed’ and thus be totally functional to them. It’s not against me, but against Peronism.”

Fernandez de Kirchner, 69, alleges she is innocent and a victim of judicial persecution that seeks to intimidate political leaders who, like her, carried out policies of income distribution and debt reduction.

“Naturally, it also generates resistance, annoyance and retaliation. Fear is a great disciplinarian of political leadership. Fear saps popular power and distorts politics,” he said. “This judicial team is affecting the quality of life of all citizens, you have to wake up, Argentinians and Argentines.”

Fernandez de Kirchner will remain free until the sentence becomes final, a process that can take years between various appeal instances until the Supreme Court issues a final decision.

On the other hand, as vice president – a position to which he was elected until December 2023 – Fernandez has privileges that give him immunity from arrest.

The Peronist leader rebuked that it was “as if the rule of law had disappeared, as if the law had disappeared.” In his opinion, “it is necessary for the judiciary to be again a serious arbiter, which enforces the law and guarantees that all citizens are equal before the law. It does not exist today and it is serious”.

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