December 5, 2013
Returns to centre-stageMonday, October 7, 2013
A medical issue once again puts VP Amado Boudou in the spotlight
The surprising Saturday night announcement that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is being forced to rest for a month due to medical orders suddenly brought Vice-President Amado Boudou back to the spotlight after weeks, if not months, when he had been kept in the back.
The Kirchnerite official cancelled his official visit to Brazil — where he took part in several meetings with local politicians — and returned to the country as soon as he could. As of last night, he was awaiting further orders.
In other words, one day after word of the president’s medical condition was released, there was no news on whether the president would effectively take a month off as ordered by her doctors.
The vice-president was widely expected to cancel a scheduled trip to Cannes, France.
According to government sources who spoke with private news agency Noticias Argentinas, Boudou held a meeting with Kirchnerite officials, who gave him with “administrative orders” and confirmed that communication of government activities would still be under the purview of the Public Communication Secretariat led by Alfredo Scoccimarro.
Born in Mar del Plata, a seaside city in the Buenos Aires province, Boudou studied Economics and earned a seat as the budget leader of the ANSeS Social Security agency, a position he received thanks to an appointment by Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa.
He then went on to become the head of ANSeS, and in 2009 was finally appointed as Economy minister.
Two years later, Fernández de Kirchner announced him to great fanfare as her pick to be her running mate for her reelection campaign.
But soon after Fernández de Kirchner was reelected with 54 percent of the votes, Boudou was marked by a scandal involving his time as head of the country’s Economy ministry.
The ongoing investigation centres on whether Boudou helped former printing company Ciccone Calcográfica get out of bankruptcy and later steered a contract to its new owners to print money.
In January 4, 2012, the vice-president took office for 20 days, as the head of state underwent a complex operation involving her thyroid gland.
“Watch what you do,” Fernández de Kirchner told Boudou a few days before she entered the operating room. “I mean it — it’s not a joke.”