Former President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said attacks on progressive governments in Latin America are not isolated cases, but articulated plans, Thursday at the third annual Latin American Summit of Progressive Movements in Ecuador.
Fernandez talked about the current situation in Argentine politics and economics during the conference in Quito.
The former president said the coup to oust president Dilma Rousseff in Brazil is an example of the techniques used by powerful economic groups to destabilize the region.
“What happened to Dilma was very similar to what the right-wing tried to do to me—twice,” said Fernandez.
According to the former Argentine leader, the opposition sought ways to delegitimize her government, while the current government of Mauricio Macri seeks to judicially persecute her.
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“In these last 10 months, Argentina has had a 50 percent currency devaluation and inflation of more than 50 percent,” said Fernandez.
The regional leader said Latin American countries need to cooperate with each other to reach a financial stability and thus become stronger together.
“Despite achieving political integration, we haven’t reached an economic integration,” said Fernandez.
Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas introduced Fernandez and praised the social and economic transformation in Argentina during the Kirchner era. Fernandez and her late partner Nestor Kirchner led the South American nation for 12 years.
“Nestor and Cristina took a country that was destroyed and transformed it,” said Glas.
Earlier Thursday, the former president of Argentina was honored by the National Assembly of Ecuador with the Manuela Saenz distinction, which is awarded to heads of state for their work on behalf of the people.
The award was given by the president of the Assembly, Gabriela Rivadeneira, who said that Fernandez was "one of the most prominent women in Latin American and international politics."
The third annual Latin American Summit of Progressive Movements in Ecuador is taking place in three cities, Quito, Guayaquil and Montecristi, from Sept. 28-30. Representatives from more than 80 social movements and political parties from about 20 countries are attending the event, titled, “Unveiling the New Plan Condor, for a Latin American Ethical Pact.”