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Argentina president calls for reform of intelligence services in wake of death of prosecutor

  • A television screen in a restaurant shows a nationally televised address by Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, her first public comments since the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of Nisman, strongly denying his accusations that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

    A television screen in a restaurant shows a nationally televised address by Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, her first public comments since the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of Nisman, strongly denying his accusations that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protester carries a sign that reads in Spanish "We're all Nisman," referring to the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Nisman was found dead Jan. 18 in his apartment, the day before he was scheduled to elaborate on explosive allegations that President Cristina Fernandez shielded Iranian officials suspected in the largest terrorist attack in the South American country's history. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

    A protester carries a sign that reads in Spanish "We're all Nisman," referring to the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Nisman was found dead Jan. 18 in his apartment, the day before he was scheduled to elaborate on explosive allegations that President Cristina Fernandez shielded Iranian officials suspected in the largest terrorist attack in the South American country's history. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protester holds a sign that reads in Spanish "We're all Nisman," referring to the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Nisman was found dead Jan. 18 in his apartment, the day before he was scheduled to elaborate on explosive allegations that Fernandez shielded Iranian officials suspected in the largest terrorist attack in the South American country's history. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

    A protester holds a sign that reads in Spanish "We're all Nisman," referring to the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Nisman was found dead Jan. 18 in his apartment, the day before he was scheduled to elaborate on explosive allegations that Fernandez shielded Iranian officials suspected in the largest terrorist attack in the South American country's history. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

In her first public comments since the mysterious death of a prosecutor rocked Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez is calling on Congress to dissolve the country's current intelligence services.

Fernandez said Monday night that reforming the intelligence services was a "national debt" the South American country has had since the return of democracy in 1983.

Alberto Nisman, 51, was found dead Jan. 18 in the apartment, the day before he was scheduled to elaborate on explosive allegations that Fernandez shielded Iranian officials suspected in the largest terrorist attack in the South American country's history.

In two letters this week, Fernandez suggested that Nisman's death was a plot against her government possibly orchestrated by intelligence services. Monday's comments were the first time she has spoken publicly about it.