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Argentina: polls point to challenging mid-term election for President Fernandez Kirchner


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Argentina: polls point to challenging mid-term election for President Fernandez Kirchner

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner is expected to lose clout in congressional and provincial elections held on October 27.

Candidates backed by Fernandez and her Victory Front coalition won just 26 percent of the vote in the mid-term primary in August – half of what her alliance achieved in 2011.

Some voters are eager for change. One in Buenos Aires said: “I’ve really been waiting for these [elections] anxiously since the last ones. It’s important to come out to vote and to have a new legislature. That’s how we see it.”

Fernandez herself is missing the crucial elections, while she recuperates from brain surgery earlier this month.

Some of her supporters have been calling for a constitutional amendment allowing her run for a third term in 2015 – but analysts say she would have to defy the opinion polls to clinch the congressional majority she would need for such legislation to be passed.

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