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CFK rules out midterm candidacy

At appearance before trip to Greece and Brussels, former president rejects her participation in decisive October elections as she cancels visit to Oxford University

Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner made the strongest signal yet that she will not be seeking elected office in the upcoming midterms.

Speaking before the SADOP private teachers’ union ahead of a trip to Europe, she responded to an appeal from the crowd that she return to elected office with an emphatic “I’m not interested. I’ve been president twice and received the highest honours. For me what is important is that you make a return, the workers, the youth, those who love the country.” “I exclude myself” from the electoral race, she said.

CFK will have a number of meetings in Greece organised by the left-wing ruling party Syriza. The agenda starts tomorrow and includes a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday.

The former president will travel to Brussels on Wednesday, where she will have a reunion with leftist members of the European Parliament. She will also meet former French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Thursday.

CFK criticised yesterday the Supreme Court’s recent ruling granting the “2x1” benefit in cases of crimes against humanity, saying that “if they can so easily change a human rights doctrine and national and international doctrine, what do you think they can do with other rights?”

During her speech before private teachers, CFK announced that she cancelled the trip to England, where she had been invited by the Oxford Students Union. Although she had confirmed her agenda just two hours earlier, CFK said that the problems in the country convinced her to shorten the European journey.

Herald with Télam

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