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Argentina: Voters hit the polls as Kirchner's presidency comes to an end01:56

Argentina: Voters hit the polls as Kirchner's presidency comes to an end

Argentina, Buenos Aires
October 25, 2015 at 14:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Voters cast their ballots at Wenceslao Posse School in Buenos Aires on Sunday, as Argentina went the polls in the general election.

Whatever the result of Sunday's election it will mark the end of 12-years of rule by the Kirchner couple, after the late Nestor Kirchner was elected in 2003; in 2007 his wife and incumbent President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power. President Kirchner has served two consecutive terms and, under Argentina's constitution, is barred from running again.

Her hand-picked successor, and former vice-president Daniel Scioli is currently leading the polls. Scioli is facing strong competition from the centre-right Mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri.

The first round of voting shall take place on Sunday. To win outright a candidate requires 45% of the vote or a 10-point lead over their nearest rival. If no candidate achieves the required proportion of the vote there will be a second round of voting on November 22.

Argentina: Voters hit the polls as Kirchner's presidency comes to an end01:56
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Voters cast their ballots at Wenceslao Posse School in Buenos Aires on Sunday, as Argentina went the polls in the general election.

Whatever the result of Sunday's election it will mark the end of 12-years of rule by the Kirchner couple, after the late Nestor Kirchner was elected in 2003; in 2007 his wife and incumbent President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power. President Kirchner has served two consecutive terms and, under Argentina's constitution, is barred from running again.

Her hand-picked successor, and former vice-president Daniel Scioli is currently leading the polls. Scioli is facing strong competition from the centre-right Mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri.

The first round of voting shall take place on Sunday. To win outright a candidate requires 45% of the vote or a 10-point lead over their nearest rival. If no candidate achieves the required proportion of the vote there will be a second round of voting on November 22.

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