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Argentina: Double celebration for Kirchnerism, in Chaco and Tucuman provinces

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 05:52 UTC
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Kirchnerite contender Domingo Peppo was easily elected governor of Chaco province after receiving 53.35% of the votes in a closely-watched election Kirchnerite contender Domingo Peppo was easily elected governor of Chaco province after receiving 53.35% of the votes in a closely-watched election
Outgoing Chaco Governor and former cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich also won the mayoral race for the capital of Chaco, Resistencia Outgoing Chaco Governor and former cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich also won the mayoral race for the capital of Chaco, Resistencia
Tucuman Supreme Court gave Kirchnerite candidate Juan Manzur victory by a 12 point margin over the opposition candidate, Radical lawmaker José Cano. Tucuman Supreme Court gave Kirchnerite candidate Juan Manzur victory by a 12 point margin over the opposition candidate, Radical lawmaker José Cano.

Double victory for Cristina Fernandez and the 'Kirchnerite' model: her candidates won the governorship in the northern province of Chaco and the Tucuman Supreme Court validated the result which confirmed that former Healthcare minister Juan Manzur last 23 August was the clear winner and the next governor of the province.

 Although both provinces have very little ballot weight, they are a boost for the incumbent candidates ahead of the presidential and legislative elections of 25 October.

In effect Kirchnerite contender Domingo Peppo was easily elected governor of Chaco province after receiving 53.35% of the votes in a closely-watched election where, despite widespread fears following the disputed Tucumán vote, no major incidents were reported.

Peppo, the leader of the ruling Chaco Merece Más front, defeated opposition candidate Aída Ayala, who received support from PRO, Radical (UCR) and Renewal Front and garnered 43.81% of the votes, with 65.13% of polling stations reporting.

The final difference is likely to be wider as a significant portion of votes from the province’s interior, largely seen as more favorable to the pro-government coalition, had yet to be tallied at press time.

There was plenty of celebration in the province as outgoing Chaco Governor Jorge Capitanich also won the mayoral race for the capital of Resistencia, defeating Ayala’s protegé Leandro Zdero from Vamos Chaco by a slim five-point margin.

“Thank you to workers, businessmen, neighbors, indigenous communities,” Capitanich told supporters at the Justicialist (PJ) party headquarters on Sunday night. He was flanked by Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini, who called on opposition parties to respect the democratic rules after their recent claims of fraud. The Peronist march blasted out from the loudspeakers to close the rally.

Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernández, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and Labour Minister Carlos Tomada travelled to the province to celebrate the Kirchnerite victory in the last gubernatorial race before the October 25 general elections.

Much of the attention on Sunday was on the security of the election following the weeks-long debate over the validity of the gubernatorial race in Tucumán.

“Elections were carried out completely normally, with only very minor incidents,” Capitanich told reporters minutes after 6pm. He explained that more than 3,300 police officers and 1,200 Border Guard officers were deployed for the election.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court of Justice of the province of Tucumán early Monday morning reversed a ruling issued last week by the Administrative Appeals Court which had nullified the gubernatorial elections held on August 23 amid accusations of fraud from opposition parties.

The decision ratified the results that gave Victory Front candidate Juan Manzur the victory by a 12 point margin over the Agreement for the Bicentennial candidate, Radical lawmaker José Cano.

The unanimous ruling, reported past midnight Sunday, revoked an unprecedented decision by justices Salvador Ruiz and Ebe López Piossek, who on September 16 nullified the elections and ordered the provincial Executive to call for new elections.

It also lifted a cautionary measure which prevented the Provincial Electoral Board to proclaim the winners, Victory Front representative Marcelo Caponio told Telam news agency.

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  • Enrique Massot

    Told you so...the ruling in Tucumán was baseless, a travesty of justice. Things coming back to normal now.
    Another resounding victory in Chaco as well. Capitanich wins! This time, significant police resources were deployed to avoid any repetition of the Tucumán incidents.
    Even Clarín has published an almost fair article about the election in Chaco--(even if I had to find the story by doing a search).
    Anyway, these are great news, especially considering that in both provinces the Kircherism faced an united opposition front. A good preview of the October presidential elections.
    Now, many will speak about dumb electors. That would be a mistake. In this case, the Kirchnerism reaps what it sow. Electors recognize social inclusion when they see it. Period.
    Arriba Argentina!

    Sep 22nd, 2015 - 06:21 am 0
  • golfcronie

    @1
    No it just proves the point that someone made earlier that the judiciary are in Kirchners pocket. How can you announce a win when clearly some ballot boxes ( 40 ) were burnt? Argentina the creater of the unknown.

    Sep 22nd, 2015 - 07:57 am 0
  • The Voice

    When you bribe the poor on the scale that CFKs administration has. When you eliminate people who accuse you of rank corruption. Its no wonder that you are somewhat popular. What ordinary Argentinians are missing out on is a society that makes the most of its massive natural resources and delivers a decent honest standard of living for all free of corruption and nepotism. It amazes me that idiots like Think, Voice, Axel and Reekie support the corrupt and incompetent Kirchners who are holding back a potentially rich country which is sliding bit by bit into the third world. Its a disease that is afflicting much of South America.

    Sep 22nd, 2015 - 11:31 am 0
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