Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner surprised her closest staff as she decided to extend her weekend trip and stay in the family’s residence at El Calafate, Santa Cruz at least for Monday, thus postponing all activities scheduled for the beginning of the week.
According to the official agenda, the president had a meeting scheduled Monday at 5.30pm with the leaders of the CAME Medium Sized Companies Chamber. At 6pm, Fernández de Kirchner was supposed to meet governors Jorge Capitanich (Chaco), Jorge Sapag (Nuequén), José Alperovich (Tucumán), and Gerardo Zamora (Santiago del Estero) to sign a new health program to be launched on federal prisons.
Likewise, the president’s day was to end at 7pm at a meeting with representatives of the UOCRA construction union and the Argentine Construction Chamber. The Chamber and the union were to officially sign a new labour contract with a 24% increase plus some additional perks agreed during contract negotiations. Construction is one of Argentina’s booming industries.
At Government House, Casa Rosada, there were no further details about the changes in neither the president’s agenda nor the reason for the additional day in the South. The daily dispatch, 05/09/2011 simply read “no official activity is expected”.
Although of strong character and determination, (a ‘fearful contender’, according to the opposition) it is no secret that the Argentine president, 58, is bi-polar and in recent political events when recalling her husband’s memory, Nestor Kirchner, she has been tearful.
Cristina Fernandez has also ordered the construction of a major mausoleum in Rio Gallegos dedicated to former president Nestor Kirchner.