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Argentina: Voters cast ballots in legislative elections as Macri's coalition expects victory02:12

Argentina: Voters cast ballots in legislative elections as Macri's coalition expects victory

Argentina, Buenos Aires
October 23, 2017 at 00:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

Eligible voters from Buenos Aires flocked to polling stations on Sunday to cast their ballots in midterm legislative elections that will define the new composition of the country's Senate and Chamber of Deputies.

High voter turnout saw at least 78% of registered voters participating in the crucial elections which kicked off at 08:00 local time (11:00 GMT).

According to polls, incumbent President Mauricio Macri and his 'Cambiemos' (Let's Change) coalition are expected to win most seats in the top five districts of Buenos Aires City, as well as provinces of Cordoba, Santa Fe and Mendoza.

The lead up to the elections was marred with protests over the past few weeks as Argentina saw a wave of large demonstrations over the death of the political activist Santiago Maldonado, which have shifted the attention from the upcoming elections.

Los votantes de Buenos Aires acudieron en masa a los centros electorales el domingo para emitir sus votos en las elecciones legislativas que definirán la nueva composición del Senado y la Cámara de Diputados del país.

La alta participación electoral arrojó unas cifras de al menos el 78% de los votantes registrados participando en las elecciones, que comenzaron a las 08:00 hora local (11:00 GMT).

Según las encuestas, se espera que el actual presidente Mauricio Macri y su coalición 'Cambiemos' ganen la mayoría de los escaños en los cinco distritos principales de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, así como en las provincias de Córdoba, Santa Fe y Mendoza.

El período previo a las elecciones estuvo plagado de protestas durante las últimas semanas en Argentina. Esta ola de grandes manifestaciones fue provocada por la muerte del activista político Santiago Maldonado, que ha desviado la atención de las próximas elecciones.

Argentina: Voters cast ballots in legislative elections as Macri's coalition expects victory02:12
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Eligible voters from Buenos Aires flocked to polling stations on Sunday to cast their ballots in midterm legislative elections that will define the new composition of the country's Senate and Chamber of Deputies.

High voter turnout saw at least 78% of registered voters participating in the crucial elections which kicked off at 08:00 local time (11:00 GMT).

According to polls, incumbent President Mauricio Macri and his 'Cambiemos' (Let's Change) coalition are expected to win most seats in the top five districts of Buenos Aires City, as well as provinces of Cordoba, Santa Fe and Mendoza.

The lead up to the elections was marred with protests over the past few weeks as Argentina saw a wave of large demonstrations over the death of the political activist Santiago Maldonado, which have shifted the attention from the upcoming elections.

Los votantes de Buenos Aires acudieron en masa a los centros electorales el domingo para emitir sus votos en las elecciones legislativas que definirán la nueva composición del Senado y la Cámara de Diputados del país.

La alta participación electoral arrojó unas cifras de al menos el 78% de los votantes registrados participando en las elecciones, que comenzaron a las 08:00 hora local (11:00 GMT).

Según las encuestas, se espera que el actual presidente Mauricio Macri y su coalición 'Cambiemos' ganen la mayoría de los escaños en los cinco distritos principales de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, así como en las provincias de Córdoba, Santa Fe y Mendoza.

El período previo a las elecciones estuvo plagado de protestas durante las últimas semanas en Argentina. Esta ola de grandes manifestaciones fue provocada por la muerte del activista político Santiago Maldonado, que ha desviado la atención de las próximas elecciones.

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