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Argentine Voters Throw out Macri for Peronists, Worrying Farmers

Jerry Hagstrom
By  Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent
A ship passes another ship at port along the Parana River near Rosario, Argentina. (DTN Photo by Chris Clayton)

Argentine voters went to the polls on Sunday to put the Peronists back in power and throw out President Mauricio Macri, a politician favored by the nation’s farmers.

With more than 80% of the ballots counted, Alberto Fernández, a longtime political operative who toiled behind the scenes most of his career, and former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the candidate for vice president, had carved out a lead large enough to avoid a runoff, The New York Times said.

Fernández was leading with more than 47% of the vote; Macri lagged behind with 41%, the Times said.

In recent weeks farmers have told various publications that they are worried about the future. The farmers had been pleased by Macri’s openness to international trade. But for most Argentines the Macri years were marked by rising poverty, a sharp depreciation of the currency and high inflation.

-The New York Times — In Argentina Election, Peronists Savor Victory Over Incumbent…

-The Washington Post — Argentine voters reject austerity, return Kirchner and the Peronistas to power in presidential election…

-AgriCensus — Argentina’s farmers brace for post-election turmoil…

-NBC News — In Argentina, farmers worry about presidential race, possible return to interventionist policies…

-Reuters — In farm-rich Argentina, hunger cries ring in leaders' ears amid crisis…



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