Maduro Voices Solidarity with Argentina's Kirchner Amid Destabilization Effort

President Nicolas Maduro voiced support for his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on Wednesday in the face of a destabilization effort against her government following the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

By Lucas Koerner

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President Nicolas Maduro meets with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Credit: Aporrea).
President Nicolas Maduro meets with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Credit: Aporrea).
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Caracas, February 19, 2015 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – President Nicolas Maduro voiced support for his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on Wednesday in the face of what the latter has denounced as a destabilization effort against her government following death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

"Last night I spoke with President Cristina Fernández in order to express all of the solidarity of the Homeland of Bolivar and Chavez. Have strength, Christina," the Venezuelan head of state declared via Twitter.

The Venezuelan President's statement comes in response to a request issued by the Federal Prosecutor, Gerardo Pollicita, to investigate President Cristina Fernández together with the Foreign Minister Hector Timerman over the death of Alberto Nisman.

Nisman, who was charged with investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, had claimed that the President was guilty of "conspiring" with Iran to cover up the latter's alleged role in the criminal act.

The prosecutor was discovered dead in his apartment on January 19, hours before he was to present his accusations against President Cristina Fernández, which were largely based on U.S. and Israeli intelligence sources. The circumstances surrounding Nisman's death remain unclear, and authorities have not yet ruled out the possibility of suicide.

The Argentine government, for its part, has rejected the accusations made by Pollicita, which come in the run-up to elections later this year, citing their lack of judicial motive and political character.

President Cristina Fernández also received the backing of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Saturday.

"All of our support for Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who faces a new destabilization effort," stated the Ecuadorian leader on his television program.

Correa claimed that accusations against the Argentine President form part of a broader strategy to destabilize the progressive and leftist governments of the region.

"This is another chapter of the conservative restoration that today utilizes even judicial instances in order to try to destabilize the progressive governments of our America, as they are also trying to do with [Brazilian President] Dilma [Rousseff] in the case of Petrobras," he stated.