Date
22 September 2017
Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri shout slogans as they gather at their headquarters in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri shout slogans as they gather at their headquarters in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Opposition candidate leads in Argentina presidential election

Conservative opposition candidate Mauricio Macri took an early lead in Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, Reuters reported.

With returns in from 12.5 percent of polling stations, Macri had 54.5 percent support while the ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had 45.5 percent, the report said, citing Argentina’s official election body.

Promising business-friendly economic reforms, Macri had gone into the run-off election with a comfortable lead in opinion polls over his rival Scioli.

Scioli’s campaign team said they will wait to see official results before making any statements about the election.

Macri has promised to set Latin America’s third biggest economy on a more free-market course after a combined 12 years of leftist populism under President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband and predecessor Nestor Kirchner.

Barred from seeking a third straight term, Fernandez will leave office with Argentina deeply divided between those who back her protectionist policies and others who blame her policies for weak economic growth, Reuters noted.

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