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June 20 at Racing's stadium? Rumours of CFK campaign launch event spread

Post on Twitter adds weight to rumours that former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has made a final decision on whether to run in October's presidential ballot.

Friday 19 April, 2019
June 20 at 'El Cilindro'? Has Cristina finally made up her mind?
June 20 at 'El Cilindro'? Has Cristina finally made up her mind? Foto:CEDOC

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According to expert opinions, "playing the mystery" would seem to be the choice electoral strategy of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the moment. However, the silence is continuing to fuel rumours about her potential candidacy in this October's presidential election.

According to the latest reports, the former president will launch her candidacy on June 20, at Racing Club's 'El Cilindro' stadium (otherwise known as the Estadio Presidente Juan Domingo Perón).

This new round of gossip all started with a message posted on Twitter by political consultant Raúl Timerman.

"I do not know if [ex-Cabinet chief] Alberto Fernández hasconfirmed Cristina's candidacy. What I do know, is that quite possibly, on Thursday, June 20, the Day of the Flag, on Racing's pitch, she will present her candidacy for president." he wrote.

This last statement matches up with other rumours circulating around Kirchnerite camps of late. Rumours have been spreading through aides suggesting that the former president has decided to run against President Mauricio Macri in the Octobher ballot and that an official announcement would be made "in the coming weeks. "

It would come as no surprise should Fernández de Kirchner decide to launch her campaign on June 20, just two days before the closure of electoral lists for the PASO primaries are due. The senator for Buenos Aires Province has a history of waiting to formalise her candidacy until the last moment in races. 

In 2007, when her husband Néstor Kirchner was in the Casa Rosada, her decision to run was first confirmed by the agency Télam. There was no press conference to make the announcement public, nor did any official speak of it. Reports that she has definitely decided to run, which had been anticipated by the newspaper Clarín for some time, put an end to rampant speculation. The launch of her campaign finally took place on July 19 in La Plata.

On June 22, 2011, as the incumbent, Fernández de Kirchner formalised her intention to run for re-election through an announcement made via national address at the Casa Rosada, although she kept the identity of her running-mate a secret. In a national address, she explained that she had decided to present her candidacy the day after her husband’s death.

Finally, in 2017, after repeatedly denying that she was going to run as a candidate for a senatorial seat, and with only five hours left to register on electoral lists, the ex-president confirmed that she would head the list of pre-candidates for national senators of Unidad Ciudadana in Buenos Aires Province.

-TIMES/PERFIL 

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