Argentine vice president survives assassination attempt as attacker’s gun jams

Argentine vice president survives assassination attempt as attacker’s gun jams
Argentine vice president survives assassination attempt as attacker’s gun jams

Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner survived an assassination attempt on Thursday night when a man armed with a loaded gun tried unsuccessfully to shoot her.

In a televised address, President Alberto Fernandez said: “A man pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger. Cristina is still alive because, for some reason yet to be confirmed, the gun…did not fire.

Mr. Fernandez said the gun was loaded with five bullets.

The vice president and former president is on trial for corruption, which could see her face a 12-year sentence and possible disqualification from public office for public contracts awarded in the early 2000s.

Hundreds of supporters had gathered outside his home in Buenos Aires when the attempted attack took place.

Video footage of the incident showed a man holding a gun inches from her head as she greeted supporters.

A suspect has been arrested and authorities have identified him as a 35-year-old man of Brazilian descent.

The attack comes amid rising political tension in the country and region that has left politicians on edge, from Colombia to Brazil.

“This is the most serious event we have experienced since Argentina’s return to democracy,” the president said.

Widely seen as a divisive figure in the country, Ms Fernandez de Kirchner previously served as president for two terms between 2007 and 2015.

She is targeting a bid for the Senate and possibly for the presidency in next year’s general election.

The article is in French

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