Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the vice president of Argentina, survived because the pistol did not work properly at the last moment. A person tried to shoot him yesterday Thursday. But the pistol did not go off, officials said. Reuters news.
The attack brought Argentina’s growing political tensions to the fore. The incident underscores the stakes politicians face in the entire Latin region—from Colombia to Brazil.
President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised address, “A man pointed a gun at her (Cristina Kirchner) head and pulled the trigger. Christina is still alive; For some reason the gun did not fire. The reason why the gun did not work is yet to be ascertained.
The president said there were five bullets in the gun. He said, “This is the most serious event we are going through since Argentina returned to democracy.”
Christina Kirchner is on trial for corruption. The attack happened as hundreds of supporters gathered outside his Buenos Aires home.
In the video footage, Christina was responding to cheers from fans when a man pointed a pistol at her from a few inches away from her head.
Authorities said the attacker was a 35-year-old man of Brazilian descent. He was immediately arrested by the police. The firearm has been seized.
Cristina Kirchner was the president of Argentina for two terms from 2007 to 2015.
He could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted in the ongoing case. In the early 2000s, he may have been disqualified for taking government projects in his area illegally.
Christina Kirchner is currently serving as Senate President. In addition to contesting in the Senate, he is also likely to contest for the presidency in next year’s general election.