Suspect arrested after failed assassination attempt on Argentine vice president

Video of the incident shows the vice president smiling as she walks past a crowd of people. A man in the crowd then rushes forward, pointing a gun at Fernández de Kirchner’s face and apparently attempting to shoot. No bullet is fired, and the twice-former president steps back, unscathed.

The attacker was taken into custody after a few seconds of confusion and panic.

Argentina’s official news agency, Telam, identified the man as a Brazilian national, later updating his name to Fernando Andre Sabag Montiel.

Argentina’s Ministry of Security confirmed that the weapon used in the incident was a .380 firearm with bullets inside.

“Cristina is still alive because – for some reason that we cannot technically confirm at this time – the weapon, which was armed with five bullets, did not fire despite the trigger being pulled,” said Argentinian President Alberto Fernández in a television broadcast. address Thursday evening.

He called the assassination attempt an attack on democracy, saying: “We must eradicate hatred and violence from our media and political discourse.” He declared Friday a national holiday for the country to mobilize in favor of Fernández de Kirchner.

Former Argentinian President Mauricio Macri also renounced the attack on Thursday, calling for “immediate and profound clarification from justice and security forces”.

Fernández de Kirchner is among Argentina’s most prominent political figures, having served as president from 2007 to 2015, before taking up the post of vice president in 2019.

Her supporters have been holding rallies outside her home for several days, in response to an ongoing trial in which she faces corruption charges.

Earlier in August, a federal prosecutor asked Fernández de Kirchner to serve a 12-year prison sentence. The court has yet to rule on the claim.

Police work behind a security cordon after a man pointed a gun at Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner outside her residence in Buenos Aires on September 1.

Police work behind a security cordon after a man pointed a gun at Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner outside her residence in Buenos Aires on September 1.

Days later, her supporters clashed with police in the Argentine capital, with Telam reporting that police used batons and tear gas on protesters after a group of people knocked down fences near her home.

During Thursday’s national address, President Fernández said he had been in contact with the judge assigned to the case to act as quickly as possible.

In 2016, a judge charged Fernández de Kirchner and 11 others with bribery and illicit association, for allegedly directing public road works to a company called Austral Constructions during his presidency.

This is a developing story.

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