A few days after being elected mayor in the Cordovan town of Anisacate, Natalia Contini announced that she will remove the statue of Néstor Kirchner that her predecessor placed in 2011 and announced that in its place she will put one of the doctor René Favaloro.
Contini, who became the communal leadership through the alliance between Luis Juez's Civic Front and the PRO, although without the UCR, maintained that he will fulfill what he had promised in the campaign. "We said it, we will do it, we will even consult it digitally. Because we are not going to repeat what happened to us as neighbors if we were not consulted," he said in reference to the moment when it was decided to put the bust.
Anisacate is a town of just over 10 thousand inhabitants located just 50 kilometers from Córdoba capital. The statue of the former president had been erected by Ramón Salazar, who was mayor of the town since 1999.
Contini was in the news last Sunday because she became the first woman to be elected as communal chief of the Cordovan town and also because of the electoral result she obtained at the polls: she won with only 19 votes of difference to the Peronist candidate.
On Monday, the leader of Juntos Podemos Anisacate announced that she will fulfill one of the campaign promises she made, in reference to taking the tribute to the former president put by Ramón Salazar, elected mayor in 1999 and who supported one of Contini's main opponents, Matías Cuello.
The statue of controversy in Anisacate.
"The neighbors told us, in the campaign, that they do not feel represented by the statue of Kirchner, which represents what is wrong in politics, corruption," he said.
Kirchner's sculpture was inaugurated on October 27, 2011, on the first anniversary of the death of the former president, and placed 500 meters from the bridge over Route 5, at the entrance of the La Rivera neighborhood. Miller, its creator, also made the sculpture of the Virgin of Guadalupe, more than two meters, which was located in the Club Colón de Santa Fe.
Salazar stressed at the time that the monument was a "recognition of a militant and president who was the promoter of this popular and national project that today is led by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner."
According to the elected mayor, the idea arose when she was still a councilor and promoted the initiative supported in the dialogue she had with the neighbors.
Finally, he pointed out that the values of his political force are based on "work, education and merit."
"That's why Favaloro's idea: he represents us, inspires us and with his example we fight for this cultural transformation," he concluded.