Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: arrest after attempted shooting of Argentina vice-president

A man has been detained after he aimed a handgun at point-blank range at Argentina’s vice-president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in what the president said was an attempt on her life.

Fernández de Kirchner survived only because the gun – which was loaded with five bullets – did not fire, president Alberto Fernández said.

The incident, in which Fernández de Kirchner appeared unharmed, took place as she was greeting supporters outside her home in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Recoleta at 9pm on Thursday.

“A man pointed a firearm at her head and pulled the trigger,” the president said in a national broadcast. “Cristina is still alive because, for some reason yet to be confirmed, the gun … did not fire.”

He called it “the most serious incident since we recovered democracy” in 1983 and urged political leaders, and society at large, to repudiate the incident.

The Argentinian newspaper Clarín reported that a 35-year-old Brazilian man had been arrested at the…

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This article was written by Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires and Tom Phillips and originally published on www.theguardian.com