US could topple my government and kill me: Argentina president Cristina Kirchner

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner addresses supporters at Government House in Buenos Aires on September 30, 2014 (AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner charged in an emotional address that domestic and US interests were pushing to topple her government, and could even kill her.

Domestic business interests “are trying to bring down the government, with international (US) help,” she said.

Kirchner said that on her recent visit to Pope Francis — a fellow Argentine whose help she has sought in Argentina’s ongoing debt default row — police warned her about supposed plots against her by Islamic State activists.

“So, if something happens to me, don’t look to the Mideast, look north” to the United States, Kirchner said at Government House.

– Don’t believe US: Kirchner –

Just hours after the US embassy here warned its citizens to take extra safety precautions in Argentina, an aggravated Kirchner said “when you see what has been coming out of diplomatic offices, they had better not come in here and try to sell some tall tale about ISIS trying to track me down so they can kill me.”

The president said local soybean producers unhappy with prices, other exporters and car company executives, all were involved since they would benefit from a devaluation of the peso, which is being pushed lower by her government’s selective default.

“Exporters who have lost money have Argentina in a vise .. so do the car company executives who tell consumers they have no inventory when they do …. What they are all waiting for is a devaluation.”

Argentina exited recession with 0.9-percent economic growth in the second quarter, national statistics institute INDEC said Wednesday, a rare bit of good news amid the country’s new debt default.

But with inflation estimated at more than 30 percent and the value of the peso tumbling, Latin America’s third-largest economy is still mired in a slowdown after averaging 7.8-percent annual growth from 2003 to 2011.

Argentina is still struggling with the aftermath of a default on nearly $100 billion in debt in 2001, with the two hedge funds it labels vultures battling the country in US courts.

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