Argentina’s Fernandez de Kirchner hopes for political comeback

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Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernandez speaks during a rally on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Fernandez appeared before thousands of followers to launch the new political front Unidad Ciudadana or Citizens Unity Party, to challenge President Mauricio Macri’s ruling party in the upcoming October mid-term election. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner may be attempting a political comeback.

She is expected to announce at the weekend whether she will run for the Senate, despite corruption allegations.

CGTN’s Joel Richards reports.

Tens of thousands of supporters turned out for a rally this week in Buenos Aires. The crowd filled a football stadium.

The former president is looking to lead the opposition in the lead-up to midterm legislative elections in October. She is expected to announce at the weekend if she will run for a seat in the Senate.

“The problem is with the government,” she said. “We have no future. This is the real problem, the future and the present.”

Her successor as president, Mauricio Macri, has opened the economy and introduced a series of austerity measures to reduce the deficit. But he has been just as unsuccessful as Fernandez de Kirchner in trying to rein in inflation.

Argentina failed to secure status as an emerging market this week, a major setback.

Fernandez de Kirchner faces a number of judicial investigations. She dismisses them as political persecution.