Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Fernández in 2021
37th Vice President of Argentina
In office
10 December 2019 – 10 December 2023
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Preceded byGabriela Michetti
Succeeded byVictoria Villarruel
55th President of Argentina
In office
10 December 2007 – 10 December 2015
Vice PresidentJulio Cobos (2007-2011)
Amado Boudou (2011-2015)
Preceded byNéstor Kirchner
Succeeded byMauricio Macri
First Lady of Argentina
In role
25 May 2003 – 10 December 2007
PresidentNéstor Kirchner
Preceded byHilda de Duhalde
Succeeded byNéstor Kirchner
(First Gentleman)
Member of the Senate of Argentina
In office
10 December 2017 – 10 December 2019
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
In office
10 December 2005 – 28 November 2007
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
In office
10 December 2001 – 9 December 2005
ConstituencySanta Cruz
In office
10 December 1995 – 3 December 1997
ConstituencySanta Cruz
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina
In office
10 December 1997 – 9 December 2001
ConstituencySanta Cruz
Personal details
Cristina Elisabet Fernández

(1953-02-19) 19 February 1953 (age 71)
Tolosa, La Plata, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist
Other political
Front for Victory (2003–2017)
Citizen's Unity (2017–2019) Frente de Todos (2019 coalition) (2019-present)
Néstor Kirchner
(m. 1975; died 2010)
Children2, including Máximo
Alma materNational University of La Plata

Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner (born 19 February 1953), also called Cristina Fernández, CFK or Cristina Kirchner, is an Argentine attorney and politician. She was the 37th Vice President of Argentina from 2019 to 2023. She was previously the 55th President of Argentina from 2007 to 2015. She was born in La Plata, Buenos Aires Province.[1][2] She is the daughter of Eduardo Fernandez ( of Spanish descent) a bus driver, and Ofelia Esther Wilhelm (of German descent).[3] She is a lawyer and she was married to former Argentinian president Néstor Kirchner from 1975 until his death in 2010.[4]

She was elected president in October 2007. She was re-elected to a second term in October 2011.

Corruption trial[change | change source]

On 30 September 2020, the federal criminal cassation court confirmed the corruption trials of Fernández de Kirchner, ruling the former president's objections to be inadmissible.[5] After analyzing the claims of the defendants in the case for the never-ratified Memorandum with Iran, on 7 October 2021, the Federal Oral Court 8 declared the case null and void. The judges concluded that there was no crime in the signing of the agreement with Iran, and declared a judicial dismissal of Cristina Kirchner and the other defendants.[6] On 6 December 2022, she was sentenced to six years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office for corruption, and has stated her intention to appeal the verdict.[7][8]

Assassination attempt in 2022[change | change source]

On September 1, 2022, after 9:00 p.m., the Brazilian Fernando Andres Sabag Montiel attempted to assassinate Cristina Kirchner outside her home in the Recoleta neighborhood. He pointed a 380-caliber Bersa pistol at his head and fired the shot but the bullet did not come out, and he was subdued by security personnel. The Vice President of Argentina was unharmed. It happened when she was returning to her home and signing books.

References[change | change source]

  1. España, La Nueva. "Una «Evita» con sangre asturiana".
  2. "El lado gallego de Cristina Fernández - Carta de GaliciaCarta de Galicia". Archived from the original on 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
  3. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner profile[permanent dead link]
  4. (in Spanish) "Senadora Nacional Cristina E. Fernández de Kirchner". República Argentina. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
  5. "Buenos Aires Times | Court confirms corruption trail for Fernández de Kirchner, De Vido". Archived from the original on 17 October 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  6. Cristina Kirchner was dismissed for signing the Pact with Iran: the judges decided that there was no crime. By Hernán Cappiello Archived 3 November 2021 at the Wayback Machine 10-08-2021, La Nación (in Spanish)
  7. "Argentina's Cristina Fernández guilty of corruption". BBC News. 2022-12-06. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  8. Kahn, Carrie (2022-12-06). "Argentina's vice president is found guilty of corruption". NPR.
Cristina with husband Néstor in 2004.