Cristina Kirchner’s Shock Bid as Vice-President Has Shaken up Argentina’s Political Landscape
Three days before facing her first trial for alleged corruption in her administration, Cristina Kirchner announced she will run for the Casa Rosada, but as vice-president of her former chief of staff Alberto Fernández. The former president caught her successor and main rival, Mauricio Macri, off guard, as well as other Peronist presidential pre-candidates who are still trying to respond to this ‘moderate Kirchnerite’ bid.
Cristina Kirchner‘s decision not to run and to cede her place to Fernández, a former ally who has criticized many of her government actions, even surprised the candidate himself, as well as many of her more ardent followers.
“She called me on Wednesday and offered me the position,” Fernández told reporters. “I said she should think about it. But she told me the country didn’t need someone as her, who divides people, but someone like me who can add to what we have.”