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Fernández de Kirchner's book keeps Argentina guessing over presidential bid

Unlike Macri, Fernández de Kirchner has refused to comment on whether she will run, though some are interpreting the book’s release as part of her election bid. Parties have to submit candidate lists on June 22.

Thursday 2 May, 2019
Sinceramente, by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on sale at the BA Book Fair.
Sinceramente, by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on sale at the BA Book Fair. Foto:AP/Tomás F. Cuesta

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Readers scouring the newly released memoirs of former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for signs she’ll run again for the nation’s top job look set to be disappointed.

Sinceramente, or “Sincerely” – the 66-year-old senator’s first-person take on her political career and life – dwells more on the past than the future. Though she finds plenty of room to lambast President Mauricio Macri, reminisce over her friendship with Hugo Chávez and celebrate her nationalisation of oil company YPF, she offers no clues as to her intentions for this year’s elections.

A recent poll showed the Unidad Ciudadana leader would narrowly beat Macri in October’s election, while others see a potential run-off between the two as too close to call.

Unlike Macri, Fernández de Kirchner has refused to comment on whether she will run, though some are interpreting the book’s release as part of her election bid. Parties have to submit candidate lists on June 22, ahead of primaries in August.

The surprise publication has proved a hit. With Fernández de Kirchner eschewing public appearances and big speeches, the book offers an insight into her thinking.

Publisher Sudamericana is launching its fourth print run with 60,000 new copies, adding to the 64,000 already out since the book’s release on April 26. The more striking excerpts from the 594-page tome are being widely shared on social media.

Argentina’s current president merits no fewer than 170 mentions. “If someone asked me to define Mauricio Macri in one word, the only one that comes to my mind is chaos,” CFK writes.

Here are some other highlights:

Mauricio Macri
“Mauricio Macri is chaos and that’s why I firmly believe that Argentina must be fixed again.”

IMF and the narkets
“We had no access to capital markets and still survived five currency routs.”

Nationalisation of YPF
“The only thing I regret was that Néstor [Kirchner, former husband and president] wasn’t there to see it. I know he would have enjoyed it very much. I had always dreamed of recovering YPF for the country... always. It was a critical issue for Argentina that he dreamed of doing.”

Venezuela
“Hugo [Chávez] was always supportive of Argentina, although he made a big mistake when we issued debt that Venezuela bought, and instead of retaining the bonds, he sold them immediately, causing prices to drop in the international market. I almost killed him.”

Fake news
“Deep down I believe, no matter how crazy fake news may sound, that they operate on a defenceless audience that believes what it reads in the newspapers and sees on television.”

by Jorgelina do Rosario, Bloomberg

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