Former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced Saturday to be running for vice-president in national elections scheduled to be held later this year in October.
She is a controversial left-leaning populist and perceived to be the biggest threat to President Mauricio Macri, who is increasingly under fire due to inflation and recession in the country.
In a video posted Saturday on Twitter she said to be running for deputy position in the upcoming elections and former cabinet chief Alberto Fernandez will be the candidate for presidential place.
She added, “I have asked Alberto Fernandez to head the formula that we will integrate together, he as a presidential candidate and I as a vice presidential candidate.”
The 66-year-old further said that such arrangement is the best formula for the betterment of Argentina in the social, political and economic sectors.
Fernandez was the chief of staff for Kirchner’s late husband Nestor Kirchner between 2003 and 2007. He also remained in the position between 2007 and 2015 during the term of Kirchner. Following steep economic crisis he quit his position.
While in office Kirchner was known for her populist and interventionist policies. It is believed by many she has led Argentina out of the economic crisis.
Meanwhile, the apex court has noted first corruption trial against her to start by next week. She is accused of taking bribes from public work contractors. She denies the allegations.
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