Kirchner not to run in elections, sets up key supporters

Argentina’s Kirchner not runner for re-election, puts several aides in candidacies

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will not run in the upcoming elections this year as her son is claimed to be running for national congress.

The 62-year-old Fernandez will not seek any office while her son, Maximo Kirchner, will be running for office representing the Santa Cruz province, the official Telam agency reported on Saturday.

Fernandez, who will leave the presidency on December 10, has put several of her ministers and influential La Campora leaders into candidacies.

La Campora is a youth organisation that supports Fernandez and her predecessor Nestor Kirchner.

Maximo Kirchner has maintained a low profile figure in politics so far, but he founded a political youth organization, La Campora, in 2006.

Fernandez’s decision not to run for re-election follows the death of a prosecutor in January before he was to release a report condemning the Argentina’s government.

Alberto Nisman, a 51-year-old special prosecutor, was found dead on January 18 in his house hours before he was due to give his report on the 1994 bombing of the Amia Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.

Nisman had accused President Fernandez and several other officials of covering Iran’s alleged role in the bombing.

The bombing of the Amia Jewish centre killed 85 people, making it Argentina’s deadliest attack.

Israel says the bombing was planned by Iran while Tehran has long denied any involvement.

The general elections will be held on October 25.

TRTWorld and agencies