March 12, 2014
'CFK makes the government calls,' senator Aníbal Fernández says
Kirchnerite Aníbal Fernández does not rule out a presidential bid in 2015 and considers “stupid” opposition versions that allude to CFK’s “absence” in the government. “Decisions are made by the President,” the senator told media.
In an interview with the Página 12 newspaper, the ex cabinet chief during the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner first administration defended the head of state who has been put under fire by some opposition leaders who have questioned Ms. Kirchner’s "low public profile" over the past weeks – the President was forced to undergo head surgery back in October when she was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and took some time off to spend Christmas and the New Year in the Southern province of Santa Cruz with her family after completing her outpatient treatment.
For Aníbal Fernández, such criticism is “stupid”. “The President had a physical malaise everybody was aware of; she recovered, returned to the government and when she had to leave on holidays she took some time at her house (in Santa Cruz),” he said and added Ms. Kirchner has always been “present” in all government affairs. “I have talked to her several times, she has called me for a series of reasons. She was fully awary of the national situation. She simply had to recover after the surgery and had to take some rest, something she never did, ever,” senator Fernández insisted.
When ex president and CFK’s husband, Néstor Kirchner, passed away suddenly in 2010 of a heart attack, the head of state was back on duty the week right after his death.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner resumed her official activities earlier in the week and held several meetings with her members of her ministerial team at the Olivos presidential residency.
Aníbal Fernández also referred to the 2015 presidential battle and said he did not rule out the possibility of running in the primaries. “I would run as candidate for president. I don’t rule it out,” he said explaining her candidacy could actually help consolidate another Kirchnerite figure if he does not do well in the PASO primaries next year.