President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner yesterday attended two ceremonies, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with her husband, Justicialist (Peronist) Party Néstor Kirchner, where both of them received support from other officials amid the political crisis the government is going through following the setback they suffered at the Senate last week and the resignation of two top officials this week.
In the morning, the President headed a ceremony to announce the paving of 384 blocks in José C. Paz, Buenos Aires province. Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli, Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo, and Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido, as well as José C. Paz Mayor Mario Ishii, also attended the ceremony. In front of hundreds of residents of the area, the President summoned "workers, businessmen, and farmers," to make a "supportive effort" so that Argentina continues growing, and insisted on her "irrevocable commitment to go ahead with changes." She promised "to always be next to the humblest ones... I have the obligation of doubling my efforts so that each time more Argentines live better." "All the obligations are mine, yours are the rights that I will always defend as I always have," said Fernández de Kirchner. She thanked the crowd's presence and said: "We are returning something of what for decades they took away from the nation's humblest ones; we are giving back part of the dignity that had been snatched from them." "The country needs all the Argentines, but the fatherland needs people to go beyond history," she said. Kirchner did not address the audience, just sitting beside the President, but he was praised by all the speakers. Fernández de Kirchner introduced him as "a well beloved former president of Argentina and president of the Peronist party." Scioli also greeted him at the beginning of his speech. "Today we have a very special joy, that we are being joined by a man who has worked so much and struggled to push forward transformations and the foundations that will today make it possible for us to deepen those changes. Néstor Kirchner, thank you very much." Ishii made reference to the current situation the government is going through and expressed support for the President. "After those tough times, we want the President to be allowed to rule. The conflict with the farmers is over, to the farmers I tell you to go to work, we need all sectors to get on," went on Ishii. He also criticized the opposition, since he said they "are looking to see how the government stumbles to get involved," and asked the media "to be supportive with our government." "You can't always have negative news, we need positive things to lift our self-esteem." "When Peronism is feeling crushed as in recent times, being Peronist is an obligation," concluded the mayor. In the afternoon, the Kirchners attended a ceremony in Berazategui, to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Eva Perón. Berazategui Mayor Juan José Mussi opened the ceremony, making reference to Vice-President Julio Cobos, who last week defined the vote over the export duties against the government. "Evita would probably tell us that the temporary allies are those who are with us in the good times and abandon us in the bad (times)," he said. "(Juan Domingo) Perón taught, but Evita moved," said the President remembering the wife of the late president. "She had the strength of those who are convinced of the path, the ideals, the interests we should represent." Once again, the President summoned "all Argentines to help me, help each other to build a better country." "There can be lost battles, there can be momentary defeats, but history is written by the people. Don't doubt that," said the President. Buenos Aires Herald
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