Pres­i­den­tial run-off looms in Ar­gentina

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ar­gentina will face a run-off elec­tion next month af­ter nei­ther pres­i­den­tial can­di­date gained enough votes to win the poll out­right.

Cen­tre-left can­di­date Daniel Sci­oli led exit polls, and just edged cen­tre-right Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri with most votes counted.

Many had ex­pected Mr Sci­oli to lead by a greater mar­gin.

The run-off on 22 Novem­ber will be the first time an Ar­gen­tine elec­tion will be de­cided by a sec­ond round.

With 96% of the votes counted, Mr Sci­oli was marginally ahead with 36.7% of the vote, while Mr Macri had 34.5%.

To win out­right in the first round, a can­di­date needed 45% of the vote or a min­i­mum of 40% as well as a 10-point lead over the near­est ri­val.

“What hap­pened to­day will change pol­i­tics in this coun­try,” Mr Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, told sup­port­ers.

Jimmy Mo­rales

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