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On Thursday, Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was threatened by a man with a gun outside her home in Buenos Aires. The man stepped out of the crowd as Kirchner greeted hundreds of supporters outside her home.
“The man pointed a firearm at her head and pulled the trigger. Cristina is still alive because, for some as yet unconfirmed reason, the gun… didn't fire, — said President Alberto Fernandez in a televised address, adding that the weapon was loaded with five bullets.
“This is the most serious event we have gone through since Argentina returned to democracy,” — he said.
Economy Minister Sergio Massa expressed his support for the vice president, tweeting: “When hatred and violence prevail over the discussion of ideas, they destroy society and create situations like today's assassination attempt.”
was found a few meters from the scene.
Security Minister Anibal Fernandez said authorities will now analyze the fingerprints for more information.
Local media reports that the suspect — 35-year-old Brazilian.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner served two terms as President of Argentina from 2007 to 2015. She was a divisive political figure currently accused of corrupting public works contracts in the southern region of Patagonia.
presidency and demands a lifetime ban from politics and a 12-year prison sentence.
Kirchner denies the allegations. A verdict is expected at the end of the year.
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