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Argentina's Fernandez trounces rivals in primary

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Argentina's Fernandez trounces rivals in primary


Argentine President Cristina Fernandez looks set to win a second term in office after trouncing her opposition rivals in a primary election, results released on Monday showed.

Fernandez from the centre-left Peronist Party won more than 45 percent of the vote, 38 percentage points ahead of her second-placed contender.

That would be enough to avoid a runoff and secure victory in the first round of the presidential poll this October.

Fernandez was first elected in 2007, succeeding her late husband and longtime political partner, Néstor Kirchner, who died of a heart attack in October.

She enjoys high approval ratings in Argentina. High food prices helped the country’s agricultural exports boost growth by eight percent last year.

Fernandez and Kirchner are widely credited by Argentines for reviving the economy after a crippling financial crisis a decade ago.

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