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Cristina wins
Latinamerica Press
11/4/2007
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Sen. Cristina Fernández, candidate of the ruling Front for Victory party, handedly won Argentina’s presidential election Oct. 28 with 44.9 percent of the vote. Her closest rival, Elisa Carrió, of the Civic Coalition, won just 23.5 percent of the vote.

Fifty-four-year-old Fernández, wife of current President Néstor Kirchner, won in the first round, as Argentine law requires candidates to capture at least 45 percent of the results or 40 percent and a lead of at least 10 percentage points with his or her closest rival to avoid a runoff.

Argentines also elected 130 of the 257 deputies and 24 of 72 senators. Fernández’s party won 69 seats in the lower house and 13 in the Senate, with which it obtained a wide majority of 153 and 44 seats in the upper and lower houses, respectively.

Fernández is the first elected woman president in Argentina’s history. She takes office Dec. 10 for a four-year term.


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