Tuesday, January 8th 2013 - 00:49 UTC

Cristina Fernandez flies Jan 10 to Havana in support of Chavez and Maduro

The Argentine government confirmed on Monday that President Cristina Fernandez would be flying on Thursday to Cuba to visit her Venezuelan peer Hugo Chavez, fighting for his life after a fourth cancer surgery with complications, and on the day which he should be taking office after October’s re-re-election.

The Argentine president and her late husband Nestor Kirchner had a very close relation with Chavez

Cristina Fernandez will be flying a day after receiving on Wednesday the Navy’s flagship ARA Libertad retained for 78 days in Ghana. The reception of the vessel at the port of Mar del Plata is scheduled to be a great ‘sovereignty’ ceremony with all her cabinet attending followed by an open music and dance party.

Cuba will thus become the first leg of the programmed trip originally only to the Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The true health condition of President Chavez and the political situation in Venezuela on January 10, the day the undisputed leader is supposed to take office has caused much concern in the rest of Latin America and there is a clear consensus to fully support Vice-president designate Nicolás Maduro if as anticipated the oath ceremony is suspended.

Last week Cristina Fernandez sent to Cuba a former advisor of President Nestor Kirchner, Ricardo Follonier, who has excellent contacts in Caracas to express Argentina’s full support for Chavez and Maduro.

“Argentina will stand next to Venezuela all the time. The stability of the Venezuelan government is crucial for the current South American popular and democratic integration process”, said Follonier.

The Argentine envoy will also travel to Caracas to confirm to Maduro Argentina’s support and ‘full alignment’ with the Bolivarian axis, if the worse is to happen with Chavez.

Follonier who also has good contacts with Unasur since the time Nestor Kirchner was secretary general has been instructed to help build a ‘strong contention net’ in support of Venezuela at the regional group.

Federal Planning minister Julio De Vido with a long working relation with the Chavez administration and with Maduro, is also expected to travel to Caracas.

Argentina is not only interested in the political alliance with the Bolivarian relation but also trade and financial support. Venezuela has become Argentina’s eighth trading partner with a huge surplus of 1.7 billion dollars in 2012. Venezuela also helped when Argentina was short of fuel, mainly heavy oil for power plants and in 2004 and 2005 purchased Argentine bonds thus contributing to cut the Kirchner administration links with the IMF.

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1 Pirate Love (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 01:01 am Report abuse
unlucky chubby, bad enough being at deaths door but to be haunted by Crustina in your final moments must be terrible, is his cancer highly contagious? just a thought....
2 briton (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 01:22 am Report abuse
Would this be in the British plane she has hired,
Let’s hope she doesn’t claim sovereignty over it then .lol.

3 ajoknoblauch (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 01:26 am Report abuse
Ms. Fernández's presence is not likely to improve Mr. Chávez's chance of recovery. Her time (and Argentine taxpayers' money) would be better spent engaging her critics in a genuine dialogue.
4 ptolemy (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 01:42 am Report abuse
Actually, I'm starting to wonder if Chavez is still alive.
5 Pirat-Hunter (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 02:23 am Report abuse
The two most adored presidents in Latin America.
long live Chavez, Castro and CFK!
6 Britninja (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 02:39 am Report abuse
Has Chubby Chavez got any gold fillings she can prise out?
7 ajoknoblauch (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 02:44 am Report abuse
Will Hugo's sepulcher match Lenin's? Will his embalmer be the equal of Evita's?
8 KFC de Pollo (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 04:35 am Report abuse
@3 she's attacking her fellow peronist Scioli and An Argentine actor now....
9 Ozgood (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 05:44 am Report abuse
Britninja - Chavez is Chubby because of all the corticosteroids that have been pumped into him by tnot a doctor but have seen the long term consequences of these drugs
10 Frank (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 06:00 am Report abuse
@8 The bitch at bay.
11 Boovis (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 07:12 am Report abuse
She's going there to get him to say “my dying wish is that the falklands become argie land” so she can milk sympathy for her misguided little agenda. *sniff* and all he wanted *sniff* was that the islands *sniff* be mine, er*sniff* ours, and as I looked in his eyes on that fateful day *sniff* I knew I was now in charge of *sniff* a great responsibility and i owe it to that great man *sniff* to do what must be done *faints* cue:Timerman rushes forward to catch her.
It's sad because it's the kind of trick she'd try and pull.
12 ElaineB (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 09:05 am Report abuse
It is strange because all the 'friends of Venezuela' is the form of South American leaders are due to meet in Caracas on Thursday.

What on earth will CFKC do if Chavez dies on Wednesday just before her big party?
13 andy65 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:24 am Report abuse
Pirat-Hunter From that Photo Nazi Nestor looks a right freak
14 Frank (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 10:54 am Report abuse
@12 ElaineB
'What on earth will CFKC do if Chavez dies on Wednesday just before her big party?'


World: I'll tell you what's wrong with him, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with him!

KFC: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.

World: Look, matey, I know a dead leader when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.

KFC: No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable leader ,Chavez, idn'he, ay? Beautiful plumage!

World: The plumage don't enter into it. He's stone dead.

KFC: Nononono, no, no! 'E's resting!.......
15 Clyde15 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:10 am Report abuse
“The two most adored presidents in Latin America.
long live Chavez, Castro and CFK!”

By my arithmetic that comes to THREE. Which one does not make it into the pantheon of “most adored” ?
16 Frank (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:19 am Report abuse
@15 Numeracy isn't prat-crunter's strong point which is why his opinions don't count.
17 Boovis (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 12:43 pm Report abuse
Two of those people in the picture above did the nasty... and she loved it.
18 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 01:26 pm Report abuse
An ape, a Donatella Versace impersonator, and Igor's uglier brother. That's a horrific scene if I've ever seen one.

@15 Try not to pay too much attention to #5, unless of course he wins a Darwin award.
19 Pirate Love (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 02:51 pm Report abuse
@18 imagine them turning up at your door on halloween!

!Trick or treat! scar you for life!
20 reality check (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 03:01 pm Report abuse
Hubble, Bubble toil and trouble.
21 ChrisR (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 05:58 pm Report abuse
In the photo there is one already gone to his box, one hovering over his box (as far as we know, he could be dead already) and, dare I say it, one who needs to be in her box asap?

What a great start that would be for 2013.
22 fill00000 (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 06:05 pm Report abuse
last shag for chubby chav
23 ProRG_American (#) Jan 08th, 2013 - 11:16 pm Report abuse
The President always shows her solidarity with her friends.
24 Pirat-Hunter (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:44 am Report abuse
#15 you are right they are the three best politicians in Latin America but only two presidents and one expresident. I didn't mean to make any less of Fidel when he is the engineer of the left wing front in America, 50 years in power doesn't come without international support.
#16 your opinion isn't worth much when everyone can count two presidents and one ex-president but I must admit you are all right, they are three of the best politicians in America.
#17 I didn't know there was a brit and a child in the meeting, did I miss something?
#21 your attitude here makes me wish every brit got poisoned and died, But we can all wish for what we want in life and in time do as we wish. A von fire at the british and US embassy in Argentina would be a greater start for 2013.
25 ChrisR (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 10:36 am Report abuse
@24 Pratt-Junta

Found out who your father is yet?

You need to know that to find out if you are an argie or just a bastard. Mind you TMBOA has plenty of cowardly bastards in her (laughingly called) government.
26 Ozgood (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 01:48 pm Report abuse
27 Simon68 (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 04:47 pm Report abuse
I've been wondering for quite a time about this “von” fire that PH keeps going on about!!!!!!

I suppose it is meant to be a bonfire, or on the other hand maybe an aristocratic German fire!!!!!
28 ChrisR (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 06:07 pm Report abuse
27 Simon68

Love the second paragraph!

Don't think there is anything aristocratic about the wanabe Argentine living in Canada though.
29 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 09:17 am Report abuse
Very sweet of Cristina to stand by her comrade and friend, between her touching personal visit and the appearance of the others in Caracas it really is beatiful to see Latin America rallying round its champion this way. What a come down the emirates sheikhs will be after that, and I wonder what they'll be thinking of the socialist credentials of their visitor =) Lovely picture btw, 3 great presidents, if only we had many more world leaders like them...

#8 “@3 she's attacking her fellow peronist Scioli and An Argentine actor now....”

Very glad to hear it =) I always thought that Argentina's “full alignment with the Bolivarian axis” as assured in this article would trump the fact Scioli, a conservativ, belongs to the same catch all party as Cristina. I just can't see her endorsing or in any way smoothing the way for him to take over and realign Argentina presumably with the IMF and the US. Either Cristina will have a third term (my preference) or endorse a successor as Lula and now Chavez has done; barring a victory by the (weak, divided, and above all hated for being oligarchic) opposition the K-Chavista movement will go on =) (Who's the actor though and what's he done?)
30 Clyde15 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 12:23 pm Report abuse
31 ChrisR (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 04:08 pm Report abuse
@29 B_S_K

I told you about the pop star or 'actor' as he is now being called who questioned how was it that TMBOA has managed to amass all her money when they were broke and Nestor 'borrowed' USD 300 M from his region (interest free naturally) and the following investigation was dropped when he became President.

Who would have thought that?

TMBOA claims to be a lawyer but she never finished her degree and is not registered, so she lied about that as well.

Who would have thought that?

Everybody except the Peronistas and YOU.
32 Clyde15 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 05:18 pm Report abuse
It will be a come down - they will see her for what she is.

Do you actually have a vote in Argentina ?

I am confused with Argentine politics. If it is a democracy - it does not look like it. From here , it looks like a quasi dictatorship.

You seem to think that Argentina is the road to follow in political thinking. Whatever CFK does or suggests is pure brilliance and any criticism must be dismissed as not worthy of thought.

I presume your ideal would :-
1) To live in the paradise of Argentina or Venezuela or
2) Install the same political system in the UK.

Of the two options I would rather you took option 1
33 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 13th, 2013 - 12:52 am Report abuse
I prefer option 2. And to do it the same way as they did of course, democratically =)
34 Clyde15 (#) Jan 13th, 2013 - 11:05 am Report abuse
35 ChrisR (#) Jan 13th, 2013 - 01:16 pm Report abuse
@33 B_S_K

Well done!

That is the first time you have stated that and I frankly never thought I would ever see it.
36 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 14th, 2013 - 03:32 pm Report abuse
#34 Why not, we used to have a real labour party, why not again? And in Greece the radical left is already the official opposition and on course to eventual victory

#35 Why all the fuss, and btw if I was dodging anything I wasn't aware of it,the political system of Ven and Arg is multiparty democracy, with left labour governmnet, nothing to be afraid of here =)

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