Argentine Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo assured that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “will rapidly return to work” (most probably next Monday) and added that governors and mayors from all the country “have the responsibility of supporting her” for the future of her administration
We have the responsibility of giving her our support so the government can keep on working. She is a smart woman, but that doesn't mean she is not in pain for this loss, Randazzo continued.
Ruling coalition Senator Daniel Filmus said the death of former president Néstor Kirchner causes sorrow but also responsibility.
It won't be the same with Néstor's absence, but the government's direction and the job Cristina is carrying out will not change, he added.
According to Buenos Aires press reports at the metropolitan airport before leaving for Rio Gallegos the Argentine president told several cabinet ministers that “you’ve done enough. It’s time to get back to work. We must not loose contact of the administration”.
Only cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez insisted in accompanying her to Rio Gallegos for the last ceremony.
According to political analysts on the second day of mourning at the wake ceremony, following the initial commotion, Mrs Kirchner sent strong gestures, postures and messages that she was in command.
The president even ordered the cortege stopped to reprimand policemen who were acting “too harshly” with people trying to reach out to the vehicles with flowers, tokens and messages.
“She was very much propped by the spontaneous popular support and the young people that turned out”, said a close aide who confirmed that before leaving for Rio Gallegos Mrs Kirchner instructed her ministers “to get back to their offices to work; it’s business as usual”.
Meantime the powerful leader of the Argentine unions’ confederation Hugo Moyano also emphasized the massive support president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner received from the thousands of Argentines who filed past the coffin of late Néstor Kirchner at Government House.
I stayed there more than two hours and the queue was moving, he said. Kirchner's massive support was proved and this is a sign that we must keep on maintaining and deepening this model, he added and predicted that with her ability, Cristina will lead the country to its goals of dignity and greatness.
Moyano also referred to the meeting he held with the head of the Argentine Industrial Union Hugo Méndez, stating that they talked about pending issues and they would start a new phase of discussion as a ”way to contribute to this political moment and help the president”