Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez has been re-elected in a landslide victory.
Early results give her 53 percent of the vote, with no one coming close to challenging the centre-left leader.
In a speech to supporters she paid tribute to her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner who stood aside to let her run for office to succeed him in 2007.
“He is the founding father of tonight’s victory, and without him, without the things he dared to do it would have been impossible to get here,” said Fernandez
Few Argentine presidents have won such a big share of the vote. Her nearest rival the Socialist provincial governor Hermes Binner managed just 17 percent.
The scale of her victory gives her a strong mandate to pursue her unconventional policies which many voters like but which irritate investors and farmers.
But despite Argentina having one of the world’s fastest growing economies Fernandez’s second term is likely to be dominated by efforts to curb inflation which is the second highest in Latin America.