Opposition success in Chubut election


In a close run contest which has seen allegations of irregularities, Martin Buzzi of the Federal Peronist party has become the new governor of Chubut province in Patagonia.

The contest, which took place on 20 March, was seen as an indicator of public feeling ahead of October’s presidential election. With results in from 98.6% of polling stations, Buzzi obtained 37.78% of the vote, while opponent Carlos Eliceche of the pro-Kirchner Victory Front obtained 37.1%. In third place was Pedro Perarlta of the Radical Party with 11.8% of votes.

Buzzi is supported by current governor Mario Das Neves, widely expected to be a contender in October’s presidential poll, while incumbent President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has yet to declare if she will stand again.

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