“The best thing that could happen to Argentina is for Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “to become President again” said Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo at the close of the national congress of the ruling Justicialista Party who nevertheless suggested has yet to decide when to register.
“The final date for putting forward candidates is June 24, so the President will surely decide her candidacy around that time”, said Randazzo. The presidential and legislative election is scheduled for October 23.
“Our President is living through a tough time, painful, which transforms into a lot of work and commitment, through which she shows strength. It would be great to see her as President again,” Randazzo said during an interview as he came out of the PJ meeting.
The National Congress of the Justicialist Party (PJ) met Sunday iron out its electoral strategy and to authorize the formation of alliances facing the October elections, to adapt articles of incorporation to Primary Law and celebrate their strong support for President Cristina Kirchner’s re-election.
Head of the Congress, Formosa Governor Gildo Insfrán led the assembly. Most congress representatives arrived Saturday, and two-thirds of the 923 party congresses are said to have participated in the meeting, to which the most important party leaders prepared in advance for.
Buenos Aires Province Governor and head of the PJ party, Daniel Scioli attended alongside: Entre Ríos Governor Sergio Urribarri, Jujuy Governor Walter Barrionuevo, Salta Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey, Chaco Governor Jorge Capitanich and the temporary president of the Senate, José Pampuro
However Mrs Kirchner suffers from low blood pressure and has lately been forced to cancel domestic and overseas appointments on doctors’ recommendations. Besides she remains extremely sensitive to the memory of her late husband and former President Nestor Kirchner, with abound tears and blocked voice in official ceremonies exposing her to much stress.
This has led opposition Civic Coalition leader Elisa Carrió to predict that President Cristina Fernández would, at last moment, decide not to seek re-election next October, and the Kirchnerite candidate would instead be Social Development Minister Alicia Kirchner, her sister in law.
“This is when the crisis inside the Government begins. Cristina will choose not to run, and I think that party’s candidate of choice will be Alicia Kirchner,” the presidential candidate told a crowd a political rally.
All public opinion polls indicate that Cristina Fernandez is comfortably leading for the October 23 if she decides to run, which together with a strong economy and booming domestic market is hard to see how any other candidate of a divided opposition can present a good fight.
Even the conservative mayor from the City of Buenos Aires and the best positioned to dispute with the President, Mauricio Macri finally decided to step down, lacking sufficient support.