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Election boosts Argentina ruling party ahead of presidential vote

Election boosts Argentina ruling party ahead of presidential vote

Argentina's government got another boost ahead of October national elections as official returns Monday showed a loyalist governor winning re-election in a thunderous landslide _ 78 percent to 5.
Tucuman Gov. Jose Alperovich's win Sunday was the sixth recent electoral victory by candidates supporting center-left President Nestor Kirchner, whose wife is running to succeed him on Oct. 28. Sen. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is heavily leading most polls against a divided opposition.
Alperovich won 78 percent of the vote on Kirchner's ticket, Front for Victory. His closest rival, Ricardo Bussi of the conservative Republic Force party, won 5.3 percent.
Bussi is the son of a former general who is detained and facing prosecution for suspected human rights abuses during the 1976-83 military dictatorship when he served as military chief and Tucuman's de facto governor.
Alperovich's party also won 43 of 49 seats in the provincial legislature.
Kirchner's party and its allies also won elections in the provinces of La Rioja, San Juan, Rio Negro, Entre Rios and Catamarca this year. Kirchner foes won the mayoral race in the capital of Buenos Aires and governorships in Neuquen, Tierra del Fuego and San Luis.


Updated : 2021-04-14 07:54 GMT+08:00