Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner survived an assassination attempt outside her home after the gun aimed at her missed and failed to fire.
The assassination attempt took place while de Kirchner was greeting supporters gathered outside her home.
A video of the incident shows how the barrel of the weapon is pointed at the vice president, who bows her head, but no shot is fired. The attacker was then detained.
The failed bomber is a 35-year-old Brazilian, and police are trying to establish the motive behind the attack.
According to the president of the country, Alberto Fernandez, there were five cartridges in the gun, but it jammed when the trigger was pulled. The head of state condemned the attack and described it as one of the most serious incidents since the country became a democracy in 1983.
Fernandez also declared Friday a national holiday to give Argentines time to “express themselves in defense of life, democracy and solidarity with our vice president.”
De Kirchner, 69, is accused of fraud and involvement in a scheme to divert public funds while he was president from 2007 to 2015. Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year sentence and a lifetime ban from politics if the court decided she was guilty.
Because she has parliamentary immunity, she cannot go to jail unless the sentence is ratified by the country’s Supreme Court or she loses her senate seat in elections in late 2023.
The vice president has denied wrongdoing, and in recent days hundreds of her supporters have gathered outside her home in a show of support. There were also clashes between them and the police.
This is not de Kirchner’s first corruption case. There were such during the time she was president.