Argentina election: Voters go to the polls amid deep economic crisis
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Argentina election: Voters go to the polls amid deep economic crisis

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Antonella is among many Argentines suffering amid the country’s ailing economy

In front of Congress a long line of people are queuing up for a portion of mince, beans, potatoes and cheese. There are perhaps 200 men and women waiting in line and each week it gets longer and longer. Waiting for her plastic container of food and a cup of water is 27-year-old Antonella. She’s come with her young son, who has just finished school. This has become routine for the two of them, their chance to get one decent meal a day. “Before, I had a cleaning job but they let me go,” she says. “This is my last resort. For me and lots of people.”Further ahead in the queue is Ariel. He moved from Córdoba to Buenos Aires five years ago to find a job as a kitchen hand, but work is hard to come by. He can just about pay for rent but struggles to find the funds for food. “What can I say? President Macri has created a country for rich people,” he says. “I am going to vote for Cristina. At least she changed things a bit.”

Argentina’s election in shortIncumbent President Mauricio Macri, a right-wing businessman, is facing centre-left challenger Alberto Fernández
Mr Fernández’s running mate is former populist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (no relation)
To avoid a run-off, the candidate needs to secure 45% of votes, or 40% and a 10-point lead

A vote for Cristina Ariel is referring to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, president of Argentina from 2007 to 2015, who is making a political comeback in these elections. There’s one hitch, though. Ariel can’t vote for her because she’s not a candidate – she’s the running mate to Alberto Fernández (no relation).

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Some fear that Alberto Fernandez (L) will be a puppet with running mate Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (R) pulling the strings

Not that many voters care. Much of Mr Fernández’s success is down to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The populist former president is seen as the driving force in the partnership. She’s fondly remembered by her supporters as a modern-day Eva Perón, who championed the poor with welfare programmes. But she is a divisive figure, also accused of being corrupt and economically irresponsible. But with Ms Fernández de Kirch
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