Argentine opposition leader Sergio Massa is celebrating a victory in the country’s mid-term elections.
The Renewal party’s showing effectively ends chances for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to make a constitutional change to allow her to run for a third term.
The result shrinks the government’s congressional majority and Massa was full of praise for his party members.
“I also want to thank this group of 20 elected officials from the province of Buenos Aires who had the courage, the merit, but above all the conviction to choose to take a step forward and construct a path to the future.”
The poor showing by Fernandez’s handpicked candidate in the capital and losses by other members of her Front for Victory party have now kicked off a campaign to succeed her in 2015.
The president has been unable to campaign for her side since an operation earlier this month to remove a blood clot from her brain.