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Argentina’s vice president narrowly escapes assassination attempt
Police investigators stand at the scene where a man pointed a gun at Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez during an event outside her home in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, September 1, 2019 arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at point-blank range at Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez and attempted to shoot her dead outside her home in Buenos Aires on Thursday.
President Alberto Fernández, who is not related to Vice President, said the apparent assassination attempt failed because the gun failed to fire.
“A man pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger,” he said in a nationally broadcast news item.
The Argentine President said it was “the most serious incident since democracy was regained” in 1983 and called on political leaders and society at large to condemn the assassination.
The vice president, who previously served as Argentina’s president from 2007 to 2015, was embroiled in controversy last week after a prosecutor asked for a 12-year prison sentence and a life ban on her ability to hold office.
The call came about the allegations of corruption in public works imposed on Fernández during his presidency. The vice president has denied all allegations and her supporters have rallied behind her, crowding the streets around her home in an apparent show of support.
The President spoke briefly after a video was posted on local TV stations showing the assassination attempt as Fernandez climbed out of her vehicle surrounded by supporters. A man could be seen extending his hand while holding a gun before she appeared to pull the trigger inches from his face.
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The vice president ducked as supporters around him seemed shocked by what appeared to be a brazen assassination.
The man, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was arrested within seconds. The president said the gun had five bullets, “and it didn’t fire.” even though the trigger was pulled.
There was no indication the vice president was injured and it’s unclear where she was later taken arrested by security personnel (of the Vice President),” Security Minister Aníbal Fernández told local cable news channel C5N.
The state-run Telam news agency identified the suspected shooter as Fernando Andrés Zabak, a Brazilian citizen. The authorities had not confirmed the information.
The security minister said he wanted to be careful about providing details until the investigation was complete.
Government officials have described the incident as an assassination. “When hatred and violence outweigh the debate on ideas, societies are destroyed and create situations like today: an attempted murder,” said Economy Minister Sergio Massa.
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Ministers in President Alberto Fernández’s government issued a press release saying they “strongly condemn the attempted assassination.
” What happened tonight is extremely serious and threatens democracy, institutions and the rule of law,” the statement said.
Former President Mauricio Macri also condemned the attack on Twitter, saying: “This very serious incident requires an immediate and thorough investigation by the judiciary and the security forces.”
Patricia Bullrich, leader of the opposition Republican Proposal party, criticized the president, saying he was playing with fire because “rather than seriously investigating a serious incident, he blamed the opposition and the press and decreed a national day to mobilize activists
The Security around the vice president’s home has remained tense since her supporters clashed with police in the street over the weekend as they attempted to evacuate the area.
The police presence of around her home was reduced after the clashes.
Fernández’s allies blamed opposition leaders for the attempted attack, saying their opponents’ hate speech fueled the violence. said Axel Kicillow.
Regional leaders also condemned the attack. “We express our solidarity with the Vice President in this attempt on her life,” said Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Twitter.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, the candidate for next month’s presidential election, also sympathized with Fernández, calling her “the victim of a fascist criminal who does not know how to respect differences and diversity.”