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Expectation: Cristina Fernandez is back and is scheduled to address the situation

Wednesday, January 8th 2014 - 04:56 UTC
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 The Argentine president arrived from El Calafate late Monday evening The Argentine president arrived from El Calafate late Monday evening

Argentine President Cristina Fernández resumed on Tuesday her official activity in the Government House, after spending 18 days with her relatives in the Patagonia province of Santa Cruz. She arrived in Buenos Aires late Monday night and is scheduled to make a public appearance on Wednesday.

 According to the official news agency Noticias Argentina, Cristina Fernández left the Olivos residence and flew back to the City of Buenos Aires late Tuesday afternoon where she held meetings with Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich, Planning Minister Julio De Vido, General Secretary of Presidency Oscar Parrilli and the Legal Secretary Carlos Zannini.

Later she also met with Economy minister Axel Kicillof and the head of the tax office, Ricardo Echegaray and by nine o'clock was returning to the Olivos residence.

However it is believed that on Tuesday morning before flying to Casa Rosada, Cristina Fernandez also held a round of meetings specifically with Parrilli, probably the official with greatest influence at the moment and cabinet chief Capitanich.

The head of state is expected to reappear in public on Wednesday and could announce a modification on the Universal Child Allowance.

If the president effectively does speak, there is great expectation since during the long absence she was silent about the prolonged power outages suffered by Buenos Aires City and metropolitan Buenos Aires residents, which triggered spontaneous protests with pot-banging and bonfires in corners and pickets in the main highways leading to the Argentine capital.

Cristina Fernandez also came under strong criticism from the opposition because of her silence during Christmas and New Year, when traditionally there is a presidential message.

Back in October, the president was forced to undergo head surgery after she was diagnosed with a cranium blood clot. The recovery process involved almost no rallies or meetings at the Casa Rosada presidential palace and no flying. However after being discharged the president did head the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s return to democracy in December.

Following criticism by some opposition members who questioned CFK’s absence, the head of ministers Capitanich said on Monday that “the president is working everyday at the front of the national government” and is “abiding with her constitutional responsibilities”.

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  • paulcedron

    i am totally against kirchner, but this newspaper (sorry newspapers) is some kind of joke.
    “Cristina Fernandez also came under strong criticism from the opposition because of her silence during Christmas and New Year, when traditionally there is a presidential message.”
    nobody said a thing because of that.
    the criticism was because of her silence during the power cuts.
    i mean, it would be a lot more accurate and simple, to copy the report from an argentine newspaper and paste it here

    Jan 08th, 2014 - 05:15 am 0
  • Zaphod102

    There's been activity at the Kirchner mauseleum, there's rumour of a “sabbatical”, she's been “working” for 18 days in Santa Cruz and she's due to fly to Venezuala and Cuba before the end of the month. Join the dots and one possible scenario is that she's been collecting her money and belongings together for the last 18 days (it takes time to pack) and her trip to Venezuala or Cuba will be one-way.

    Or to look at it another way what is keeping her in Argentina? Reduced potential for income, failing infrastructure, increased disatisfaction with her performance, the potential for a new government to ask some tricky questions when they learn the true state of the economy. Join the dots and... same answer!

    We shall see...

    Jan 08th, 2014 - 05:28 am 0
  • Be serious

    Kirchner suffered a serious brain injury and doesn't know where she is half of the time. It's a terrible shame.

    Jan 08th, 2014 - 06:38 am 0
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