May 22, 2013
Opposition, Kirchnerites react to CFK’s announcement
Members of the opposition and pro-government blocs reacted to the official announcement of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who confirmed she will seek reelection in October.
Civic Coalition’s presidential candidate Elisa Carrió assured that Fernández de Kirchner “can take off her black dress and fight for the reelection now.”
The member of the opposition also assured she is glad that the president confirmed her candidacy. “I’m delighted to have the author of this model we are living in as my opponent” in the election to be held in October.
The presidential candidate for the Union for Social Development (UDESO), Ricardo Alfonsín, told the press he had “never doubted” the President was going to “seek reelection” and added that “there were going to be internal problems if she was not going to be the candidate.”
The presidential candidate and ex President Eduardo Duhalde considered that the current Head of State is “not ready to administrate the country.”
The ex president stated that “the one who pulled the strings was Néstor Kirchner,” and blasted the government for “using Hebe de Bonafini as a model.”
Meanwhile, the candidate for Buenos Aires province Governor, Margarita Stolbizer, harshly criticized Fernández de Kirchner by assuring that “we have once more an electoral process without rules.”
Stolbizer added that it is an “abuse of the power” and that the primaries elections should be suspended because they are “useless.”
The Ministry of Industry, Débora Giorgi assured that the decision of the president will allow “the continuity of the project for the country that began on 2003 and it’s based in the social inclusion and the re-distribution of wealth.”
“Cristina is the natural candidate to guide and strengthen the project of political, economic and social transformation initiated by Néstor Kirchner.”
The head of the Victory Front at the Upper House of Congress, Miguel Ángel Pichetto, agreed with Giorgi after assuring that Fernández de Kirchner “is the only guarantee for the continuity of the model that took Argentina out of the crisis.”
He added that “I’ve always known that she was going to be our candidate, because she is the main figure of the political project that transformed the country.”
Security Minister Nilda Garré considered that “an activist does not leave its post,” and assured that “I was convinced” she was going to seek the reelection.
“I’m very happy with her decision and I’m sure that she will settle new aims of administration in the next period as a president,” Garré continued.