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CFK admits “incredible painful time” but will carry on with her duties

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on November 2, 2010

by Merco Press, Novemeber 2nd, 2010.

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner spoke Monday at Government House and addressed, for the first time, the death of her husband and ex President Néstor Kirchner.

In a five-minute national address CFK said that she wished to thank everyone who reached out and showed their support during an “incredibly painful time.” “I’ve had many difficulties in the political life. But pain is something else and this kind is the strongest, because I have lost my life partner. A part of my life left with him. I want to thank all the men and women that marched to see and bid farewell to Néstor Kirchner,” she said.

“Let me tell you all that I feel the need to carry on, in the name of his memory, all of my duties as president” of this country, she said during a very emotional moment. The president had earlier thanked the thousands of people who paid their respects by wanting to see him or praying for him. People gave rosary beads, flowers and soccer jerseys that “I will keep”, she said. “I want to thank that immense and formidable display of affection and love, which he deserved,” she said.

Referring to youths who sang and marched in memory of Nestor Kirchner, CFK said she saw her husband’s face reflected in theirs. But “those young kids are much luckier than he was when he was young because they’re in a country that is much, much better,” she said. ”This is a country that loves them, that needs them and a country which we will continue to build among all of us”. (continue reading… )

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