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Cristina Fernández Receives Hero's Welcome in Buenos Aires

The former Argentine president faces prosecution over allegations of currency manipulations

Former President of Argentina Cristina Fernández Kirchner
2 years ago

BUENOS AIRES – Supporters of former Argentine President Cristina Fernández have given her a hero’s welcome at a Buenos Aires airport before she faces a court over her possible role in an alleged scheme to manipulate the country’s currency.

Argentina's former President Cristina Fernandez, center, arrives at the airport in El Calafate, Argentina, Monday, April 11, 2016. After spending four months in Patagonia, Fernandez traveled to Buenos Aires to attend a court summons to face questions about her government's handling of the futures dollar market. (AP Photo/Francisco Munoz)

Argentina’s former President Cristina Fernández, center, arrives at the airport in El Calafate, Argentina, Monday, April 11, 2016. Photo: AP /Francisco Muñoz.

Fernández has lived away from the political scene in the southern province of Santa Cruz since she ended her term in December.

Sympathizers greeted her Monday night, encouraging her with banners and chants ahead of her testimony Wednesday.

Fernández is being investigated for possible involvement in a purported scheme to manipulate financial markets to keep the Argentine peso inflated, leading to a plunge in central bank reserves.

A federal prosecutor also recently asked to include her in two separate investigations involving allegations of money laundering.

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