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Argentina's ex-president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, to run for vice president

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's former leftist president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has announced her candidacy for vice president in elections on Oct. 23.

Fernandez, who served as president of Argentina from 2007 to 2015 after taking over from her husband Nestor Kirchner, said she will run alongside presidential hopeful Alberto Fernandez, her former chief of staff, in a video message posted on Twitter on Saturday. Alberto Fernandez is not related to the former president.

The two are challenging conservative incumbent Mauricio Macri, who is running for reelection, with polls predicting a tight race.

Fernandez, a vehement critic of Macri, used her video announcement to criticize the current government and reference the country's ailing economy. The next president, she said, will have the task of governing "a newly ruined land with a population once again sinking into poverty."

Her late husband became president in 2003 and helped Argentina out of the worst economic depression in its history. But the political power couple were dogged by corruption scandals, and Fernandez is now set to go on trial Tuesday to answer to charges that she awarded building contracts in return for bribes.

She is currently facing several different corruption-related investigations.


Her running-mate has avoided the scandals and is known as a moderate politician who is open to dialogue.

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