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ARGENTINA | 21-08-2019 09:37

Pichetto accuses Frente de Todos of 'hiding' CFK during campaign

Pichetto alleges that former president was deliberately been sidelined as the opposition Peronist front sought to paint a more moderate image to voters.

Vice-presidential candidate, Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto, last night accused the Frente de Todos coalition of "hiding" Cristina Fernández de Kirchner during the election campaign.

Pichetto alleged that the former president had been deliberately sidelined during campaigning, as the opposition Peronist front sought to paint a more moderate image to voters.

Fernández de Kirchner, the vice-presidential candidate paired up with frontrunner Alberto Fernández, for the most part held her own book-signing events during the PASO primary campaign, rather than campaign alongisde her running-mate.

"They have hidden Cristina during the campaign because they should not show her – they are looking for a more moderate look of the candidate and everyone knows who decides that," the senator from Río Negro told La Naciòn's LN+ channel.

The Juntos por el Cambio VP candidate sought to paint Alberto Fernández as a puppet, alleging that Fernández de Kirchner truly held the power in the relationship.

"It's an anomaly, all the power of decision-making is with the former president and La Cámpora – they were the ones who put together the [electoral] lists," said Pichetto.

After a difficult week for the ruling coalition – in the wake of Mauricio Macri’s shock defeat in last Sunday’s primaries – Juntos por el Cambio has sought to come out on the attack, renewing its criticism of the opposition. Nonetheless, the race for the Casa Rosada looks like an uphill battle, after Fernández scored a 15-point lead over the president in the PASO vote.

Pichetto, however, said he remained optimistic.

"There is nothing that cannot be reversed. There were many people who did not vote or who did so for minor reasons, something that I think will not be repeated in October," he said.

"There was a punishment vote in the PASO that will be modified," he declared.

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