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Buenos Aires Mayor Macri To Face Run-Off Election Against Fernández de Kirchner’s Candidate

July 11, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — The mayor of Buenos Aires now faces a run-off for his re-election bid against the hand-picked candidate of Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Mauricio Macri, the conservative first-term mayor, garnered 47 percent of Sunday’s vote, while the populist Sen. Daniel Filmus took in around 28 percent. This sets up a July 31 run-off that could play a very important role in Argentina’s upcoming national elections in October. The 2.4 million voters in Buenos Aires represent nearly 9 percent of Argentina’s voting population and Macri is viewed throughout the country as Fernández de Kirchner ideological opponent. In his speech after the polls closed, Macri asked for unity but warned that the capital can not be used for political gain by the national government. “If we deserve something, it’s not because we went down on our knees, but because we put forth our ideas with our heads held high and with dignity,” Macri said.

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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America


  • The official newspaper of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party complained Friday that the “innumerable and illogical obstacles” that bureaucrats use to stop journalists from gaining access to information on the island makes their job an “agonizing cross to bear.”
  • Cuba says it has extended more than 13,000 farm credits under an agricultural overhaul launched by President Raúl Castro.
  • The founder of a New York-based group that supports the Cuban government threatened to pull the scholarships of U.S. medical students in Havana if they contacted the U.S. diplomatic mission on the island, according to a State Department cable.

Central America


  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez appears to have made it through his most difficult moments and is improving after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, Bolivian leader Evo Morales said Sunday.
  • Colombian rebels on Sunday shot two policemen dead in one attack and wounded two soldiers with a horse packed with explosives in another, as Bogotá vowed to beef up security in a violence-hit southwestern state.
  • Venezuela’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum reports that the average price of Venezuelan crude sold by PDVSA rose during the week ending July 8 to $103.76 from the previous week’s $100.43, raising the average for the year to $98.43.
  • Centennial celebrations for U.S. explorer Hiram Bingham’s discovery of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu ended with a spectacular sound-and-light show portraying the entire history of this historic site.

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Image: Mauricio Macri @ Flickr.

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