Video of the incident shows the Vice President smiling as she walks by a crowd of people. A gun is aimed and apparently attempted to fire.
The attacker was taken into custody after several seconds of confusion and panic.
Argentina’s official news agency, Teram, identified the man as a Brazilian national and later updated his name to Fernando Andre Sabhag Montiel.
The Argentine Ministry of Security has confirmed that the weapon used in the incident was a .380 gun containing bullets.
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised broadcast that “Christina is still alive because the weapon armed with five bullets did not fire because for some reason it cannot be technically confirmed at the moment.” will speak on the night of
He called the assassination attempt an attack on democracy and said, “We must eradicate hatred and violence from the media and political discourse.” He declared Friday a national holiday to rally in support of Fernandez de Kirchner.
Former Argentinean President Mauricio Macri also abandoned the attack on Thursday, calling for an “immediate and thorough explanation by the judicial system and security forces.”
Fernández de Kirchner is one of Argentina’s most prominent politicians, serving as president from 2007 to 2015 and becoming vice president in 2019.
Her supporters have been rallying outside her home for several days in response to the ongoing trial in which she was accused of corruption during her tenure as president.
In early August, federal prosecutors sentenced Fernandez de Kirchner to 12 years in prison. The court has not yet ruled on this request.
In a national address Thursday, President Fernandez said he was in contact with the judge in charge of the case to act as quickly as possible.
Argentina has been embroiled in demonstrations this summer, with thousands taking to the streets to protest the regime’s control over soaring inflation and allegations of corruption.
In 2016, a judge indicted Fernández de Kirchner and 11 others for corruption, unlawful association and aggravated mismanagement, and froze $643 million in her assets.
Fernández de Kirchner has been charged with directing a company called Austral Constructions to build public roads while he was president. At the time, she criticized her investigation as politically motivated.
She was also on trial at the same time in another corruption case, in which she was accused of interfering with the sale of US dollars by the country’s central bank. Dismissed in 2021, the court ruled in favor of Fernandez de Kirchner.