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After being indicted for unlawful association in the “Los Sauces” case yesterday, former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner took to Twitter to provide her analysis of the decision Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio made. In an extensive post, Fernández argued that her legal woes are yet another tactic from the Macri administration to manipulate public opinion and divert attention from its policies, which, aided by the media and certain judges like Bonadio, are hurting the population.

The former president took several recent events and divided them into acts as if they were part of a same play, implying they are all connected, and that her indictment is just another piece of the government’s puzzle. The first two “acts” are about what she considers to have been the positive way the main media outlets in the country covered Saturday’s march in support of the government.

She argues the march wasn’t massive — since “no outlet published a panoramic image like it’s used to in large demonstrations — and didn’t even get close to the marches against “the government’s economic and human rights policies” that took place in March.

“The same outlets that qualified Saturday’s march as ‘massive,’ announced a re-launch of a government that sunk the economic activity to levels that we thought we had left in the past and left millions of compatriots summed in despair and desperation, or in the uncertainty about what’s to come,” she says.

In the next “act,” Fernández goes on to criticize President Macri. Making reference to his past in the business world, she claims he can’t distinguish between “being President of a country or of something else,” as she considers that his recent request to make labor agreements more flexible is a way the sector’s situation much more precarious.

“Someone from the Cambiemos alliance should warn Macri and his cabinet that governing is not about controlling headlines or newscasts,” the former president says.

Fernández went on to make connection between what she sees as the Macri administration’s improvised way of running the country and her recent indictment, assuring that, “since the economic situation is getting worse,” Bonadio decided to indict CFK for the second time and her children for the first one.

“To run a country is not about claiming that those who think the government’s policies are wrong are trying to stage a coup, nor persecuting in the courts and spying members of the opposition and their families,” the former president concludes.

Regardless of her analysis, Fernández is facing a tough time in the courts. Judge Bonadio considered there’s enough evidence to conclude that she is the head of a criminal organization, a crime for which she could get up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

However, since the judge determined that she is also formally charged with laundering money and conducting “incompatible negotiations” through the use of the public office she held, the minimum sentence would increase o six years with a maximum of 15 years. This means that even getting the lowest sentence, the former president could be sent to prison, as people can only request parole if they get a sentence of three years or less.

Moreover, should she be found guilty of incompatible negotiations with public office, she would also be prevented from ever running for office again, effectively wiping her off the political scene.

Nevertheless, considering how slow the legal procedures are in Argentina, this eventual worst case scenario for Fernández wouldn’t take place for about two years. But also taking into account that some indicators point to the fact that she will run for office again in 2019, she’ll surely keep more than an eye on this and the other cases that have her in hot water, even if she assures the public that it’s all a politically motivated sham.