Argentine president stirs 'fear me' politics

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Posted: Sep 07, 2012 4:21 PM
Argentine president stirs 'fear me' politics

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Opponents of Argentina's president are pouncing on a warning she gave to her government appointees, saying it has no place in a democracy.

President Cristina Fernandez said anyone engaged in corruption or doing things badly or behind her back should "fear God and have a little fear of me as well."

Her supporters laughed and applauded at the line, but opponents said Friday that invoking fear this way brings back memories of the 1976-1983 dictatorship.

Congressman Ricardo Alfonsin, who came in third against Fernandez in the last election, said all Argentines should reject such comments.