Former Argentinean President Cristina Fernández as broken the silence by reappearing on the public scene, where she stirred up the politics, gave strength to er supporters, worried the ruling party, revived the opposition and launched the idea of the need for a People’s Front.
On April 16 the former president had to abandon her family retreat El Calafate in the southern province of Santa Cruz to cope with the subpoena known as judge antiK filed by Claudio Bonadio, for several charges against her and some of her former government officials.
Following a request by two legislators from the ruling party, the judge filed a lawsuit against Cristina alleging her involvement in the case connected to the sale of future dollar contracts. The former president of the Central bank, Alejandro Vanoli, the former Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and eleven other former government officials have been harged with the same offence.
Analysts agree that this action is part of the judicial persecution being encouraged by the ruling political class in Argentina against Kirchnerismo (supporters of Kirchner’s ideals) and the people’s project he promoted to erase the mark left on the Argentinean society and political life.
After presenting the case for her defense, Cristina Fernández delivered a passionate speech in front of over 200,000 people who came together to accompany her.
“They can arrest me but they cannot silence me” she said after having strongly criticized the Mauricio Macri government for the consequences of the economic adjustment program it is implementing in the country.
Similarly, Fernández launched the idea about the need to have a People’s Front to protect the rights and achievements attained over the past 12 years.
After a series of activities, she inaugurated the Instituto Patria center, which will be the headquarters for her political actions, with a meeting with parliament members from the Victory Front. During the days that followed, she also welcomed senators and mayors with that political faction, as well as artists and journalists who support her.
The former president also chaired a meeting with representatives from nongovernmental and social organizations at Teatro ND Ateneo, and opened the doors of her apartment in the Recoleta neighborhood, Buenos Aires, to human rights activists such as mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and members of the Missing People Organization.
In addition, she visited Maciel Island, where she shared with locals and with members of the organization Priests for the Choice of the Poor.
While in Buenos Aires, the former president asked for the removal of Bonadio, whom she accused of arbitrary abuse of power in future dollar operations.
Attorney Jorge Di Lello considered that the accusation was solid enough and opened an investigation against Bonadio and the current president of the Central bank, Federico Sturzenegger; one of the people who conspired to bring forward the lawsuit for the sale of future dollar contracts.
For Di Lello, the operations connected with that sale considered a common practice on the financial markets, are not a crime as such unless it is proven that the country’s rulers have betrayed the State. Judge AntiK has now moved from prosecuting attorney to accused.
Cristina Fernández returned to El Calafate on April 23, after two weeks of a busy agenda in Buenos Aires where she proved that she continues to be in the lead for the Argentinean opposition, according to a survey by the polling firm Ibarómetro.
The poll revealed that Macri, from the ruling government, and Cristina, from the opposition, are the top two political figures in Argentina.
This reality has caused panic among members of the ruling government fearing that Fernández might return to the political scene. Similarly, there is concern among the leaders of the Peronista opposition who, attracted by the power, see her as a rival in the race for the presidency of the Justicialista Party.Share on FB Share on TT