Argentina election: Voters await results of presidential race

Argentina election: Voters await results of presidential race

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Media captionArgentina election: Alberto Fernández wins PresidencyCentre-left opposition candidate Alberto Fernández has been elected president of Argentina in a vote dominated by economic concerns. Mr Fernández, 60, got more than the 45% of the vote needed to win, beating conservative incumbent Mauricio Macri.Raucous crowds gathered at Mr Fernández’s election headquarters to celebrate the result of Sunday’s poll.The vote was held amid an economic crisis that has left a third of Argentina’s population in poverty.Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, 66, will now become vice-president in Mr Fernández’s administration. She is said to have played a key role in Mr Fernández’s electoral triumph.Mr Macri, 60, had trailed behind his challenger in pre-election polls and was trounced by the opposition in primary elections in August. He conceded defeat on Sunday night, congratulating his political rival.On Monday, Mr Fernández was seen arriving at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires to discuss an orderly transition with Mr Macri.Mr Fernández, who belongs to the populist Peronist movement, said his team would collaborate with the outgoing president “in every way we can”.So, what about the election results?With 97.13% of ballots counted, Mr Fernández had 48.10% of the vote, Argentina’s electoral authority said. Mr Macri had 40.37%. To win in the first round, a candidate needs at least 45% of the vote, or 40% and a 10-point lead over the second-place contestant. Mr Fernández is expected to assume the presidency on 10 December.

What was this election about? The vote was dominated by concerns over the economy. With about one in 10 people out of work, Argentine voters backed the candidate they thought was best-placed to lead the country out of the crisis.Mr Macri promised to achieve “zero poverty”, but things actually worsened during his four-year rule. His supporters say he inherited a broken economy when he came to power and needed more time to fix it.Mr Fernández has vowed to play things safe financially, but some voters fear that under his administration Argent
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