Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina

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Kirch­ner’s vice-pres­i­dent ar­rested: Ar­gentina’s for­mer vice-pres­i­dent, Amado Boudou, has been ar­rested on cor­rup­tion charges re­lat­ing to his time in of­fice un­der Pres­i­dent Cristina Fernán­dez de Kirch­ner. Boudou, who de­nies the charges, was ar­rested and taken into cus­tody last week on sus­pi­cion of three counts of “il­licit en­rich­ment” be­tween 2009 and 2015. He is the sec­ond mem­ber of Kirch­ner’s gov­ern­ment to have been de­tained re­cently: the for­mer plan­ning min­is­ter, Julio de Vido, was ar­rested on 25 Oc­to­ber on sim­i­lar charges. Kirch­ner her­self faces mul­ti­ple charges, but in last month’s midterm leg­isla­tive elec­tion she was elected as a se­na­tor, which gives her im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion. Kirch­ner claims the charges are po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

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