Results are in from the first round of Argentina’s elections (known by the acronym “PASO” in Spanish), with President of the Justicialist party and governor of Buenos Aires province, Daniel Scioli, taking the lead with 36.6 percent of votes.
The ex-businessman and one-time sportsman began his political career as vice-president to the now deceased Néstor Kirchner.
Current President Cristina Fernández de Kircher remains out of the running, unable to complete another term in parliament.
Con más fe y esperanza que nunca en el futuro de Argentina y de nuestro pueblo. pic.twitter.com/4fsnsJk6Oo
— Daniel Scioli (@danielscioli) August 9, 2015
“There will be even more hope and faith in the future of Argentina and for our country.” The politician tweeted on August 9, posing in a picture with wife Karina Rabolini.
Ex-mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, came in second with 25 percent of votes cast in his favor, Argentina’s La Nacion reported.
An estimated 71 percent of Argentines voted.
— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) August 10, 2015
“Together we are more!” he tweeted following the results.
Following the right path
“Argentina has found its way and its obvious that with this result it (the country) wants to keep progressing in the future,” Scioli commented on his win.
“The Argentine “pueblo” has shown that it went to vote in favor of having solid foundations.” The center-left politician added.
During the first round of Argentina’s elections, candidates need to obtain at least 45 percent of the votes or obtain 40 percent of votes, but with at least a 10 percent advantage margin over other candidates.
The conclusion of the ballotage two-phase voting system is currently scheduled for November 22.
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