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Mayor Macri wins in Buenos Aires; confirms he’s the main opponent to the Kirchner plans

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on July 11, 2011

by Merco Press, July 11th, 2011.

Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri took a 20-point lead on Kirchnerite mayoral candidate Daniel Filmus on Sunday’s election but none of the candidates managed to obtain more than 50% of the votes.

Just like in 2007, both candidates will once again run against each other in a second round next July 31.

With 100% of the votes recounted, incumbent conservative Mayor Mauricio Macri reached a 47.1% of the votes, taking a 20-point lead on Daniel Filmus, (hand picked by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner) who obtained a 27.8% of the votes.

In the third place was Proyecto Sur’s candidate Fernando “Pino” Solanas with a 12.97% of the vote. The showings of the rest of the candidates were below 2.5% of votes cast.

The results confirm Mayor Macri remains the main threat to the Kirchner ‘dynasty’ plans in 2015 in spite of having stepped down from competing for the presidency this year, preferring to concentrate in Argentina’s capital.

Mayor Macri came on stage minutes after 10 pm and thanked the population of Buenos Aires for “trusting him once more.” He also spoke to those who didn’t vote for him and assured that “he would not let their differences come between them”. (continue reading… )

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