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Attempted Assassination of Argentinian VP

An attempt was made on the life of Argentinian Vice-President and former President Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner (CFK), outside her Buenos Aires home. The assailant, who was arrested on sight, is a 35-year-old Brazilian man. 

Apprehension of the assailant was made by Fernández de Kirchner’s security guards after the would-be assassin pointed his weapon at the vice-president’s head, whereupon it jammed, or else he failed to pull the trigger. It has been reported that one hundred bullets have been found in his apartment. 

The vice-president has been the object of repeated accusations of corruption; she has, for instance, been blamed for facilitating the issuance of construction contracts to a company run by a political ally during her tenure as head of state. 

The attack has elicited condemnations against violence and expressions of sympathy across the country’s political spectrum. Exceptions, however, include a deputy from the Argentinian province of Santa Fe, who publicly accused the Vice-President of staging the attack in order to garner sympathy. 

The assailant now awaits processing by the legal system.

Carlos Perona Calvete is a writer for The European Conservative. He has a background in International Relations and Organizational Behavior, has worked in the field of European project management, and is currently awaiting publication of a book in which he explores the metaphysics of political representation.