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ARGENTINA | 23-04-2019 13:25

Fernández de Kirchner airs views on Macri, Iran MoU, Pope in new book

Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announces release of her new book. Senator for Buenos Aires Province – and likely presidential candidate in October – will present the book on May 9 at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has announced she will release a new book this Friday (April 26), inside which she will address the most important moments of her political and personal life.

The Unidad Ciudadana leader – who has not yet confirmed if she will run in October's presidential election but is widely seen to be biding her time before an announcement – also revealed that she make a rare public appearance to promote the book at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair on Thursday, May 9.

The former president, currently in Cuba visiting her sick daughter Florencia recovering from the death of her mother last week, today revealed the cover of the non-fiction work, titled Sinceramente ("Sincerely."), in a post on social media sites.

In the book, published by Sudamericana, she reportedly discusses figures such as Daniel Scioli, Alberto Nisman and Mauricio Macri, giving her view on some of the most momentous moments in recent Argentine political history.

"This book is not autobiographical nor is it an enumeration of personal or political achievements, it is a look and a retrospective reflection to unravel some facts and chapters of recent history and how they have impacted the lives of Argentines and mine as well," the former president writes, detailing what lies inside its pages.

A description detailing the book, as posted on book industry website, describes the volume as "an intimate journey" detailing "circumstances and moments of her life."

In typical style, the senator for Buenos Aires Province looks like she will be ruffling a few feathers with her opinions in the book – especially if the advanced quotes given out by her PR team are anything to go by.

Here's what Fernández de Kirchner has to say about some hot topics – and a few of her political enemies:


"It was my decision to withdraw because I felt that everything had been very dizzying, maybe too intense. We all needed to rest: I from the Argentines and the Argentines from me, because to govern this country... ¡mamita!"


"If someone asked me to define Mauricio Macri in a single word, the only one that comes to mind is: chaos. Yes, Mauricio Macri is chaos and that is why I firmly believe we have to return to order in Argentina."


"O to close the lists was an afternoon to see Olivos, we were both alone, I said: 'No, Daniel, they are going to attack us saying that I want the privileges or, worse, that I am going to be your political commissar Today, from a distance, as I write this and see the numbers of that election in the first and second round, I ask myself: would it have helped to cover the little difference in votes we had in the ballot if it went as deputy? "


"Néstor told me: 'They are going to persecute you and your children.' It wasn't loud. He was serious and when I asked him 'Why do you say that?', he immediately changed the conversation. It was in El Calafate. I can not remember if it was during the last week that we were together. "


"Love is wanting to be with another. To listen to them, to talk, to do anything. I loved being with him [Néstor] and he with me. He always told me: 'The only thing I never got bored of was you.'"


"I cannot fail to note that the two main works of [Santa Cruz] province, the international airport of El Calafate and the deepwater port of Caleta Olivia, were made by two important contractors of public works, with a long history in the Argentine Republic. Benito Roggio e Hijos started as a construction company in 1908 and ESUCO, owned by Carlos Wagner, the former president of the Chamber of Construction, in 1948. This is why it is outrageous and offensive to one's intelligence that in 2018, within the framework of what is known as 'the cause of the photocopies of the notebooks' [otherwise known as the 'cuadernos' graft probe], the owners of construction companies of public works with 110 years of history and 70 the other (among many others) say that only recently, in 2004, did the [former] Federal Planning minister Julio De Vido summon them and teach them how to cartelize public works like children in a kindergarten. Ridiculous."


"When I remember the five general strikes that carried out during my last term, I can not help but think that there was also a strong gender component [to it all] ... the CGT is a confederation in which there are no women driving."


"At the first lunch, I remember that we talked about Néstor and I said: 'Do you know what I think happened between you both Jorge?' (Because I say Jorge when we speak and not 'His Holiness' and he, obviously, Cristina) Deep down, I think Argentina was too small a country for you two together.'"


"He was a tenacious opponent of our government."


"The illusion of signing the Memorandum [of Understanding with Iran] and imagining the photograph of the Argentine judge in charge of the case sitting in Tehran taking statements from the Iranian defendants was, today I can confirm, a true ingenuity on our part, which made us forget the geopolitical interests to hand."


"He has a strong interest in politics and it is not just a lobbying issue, it's to protect or improve his economic interests, and that would be to minimize it. He is interested in the power of politics, the power of the decision-making system, that is, to say power in the strictest and complete sense. "

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