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Nov 6, 2015

Get Shorty: Argentina on alert for escaped Mexico drug lord Guzman

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina was on high alert after getting a tip that escaped Mexican drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may be somewhere along the country’s mountainous southern border with Chile, Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni said on Friday.

Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug trafficker, escaped in July from a Mexican maximum-security prison through a mile-long tunnel that surfaced right inside his cell, in a major embarrassment for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Nov 2, 2015

Argentine opposition presidential candidate Macri slams attack ads

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Argentine opposition
candidate Mauricio Macri accused the ruling party of fear
mongering after a weekend barrage of online attack ads warned he
would throw people off welfare and reduce living standards by
devaluing the currency.

“Imagine yourself without a home. Imagine yourself hungry
… Imagine yourself if Macri wins,” says one ad, flashing
images from the 2002 economic crisis that threw millions of
Argentines into poverty. It was tweeted by ruling party loyalist
Luis D’Elia.

Oct 30, 2015

Argentina’s Fernandez rallies voters for Nov. 22 run-off election

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s outgoing leader Cristina Fernandez gave an emotional campaign speech on Thursday in her first public address since a surprisingly weak performance by her party’s candidate in the first-round presidential election on Sunday.

Without mentioning allied candidate Daniel Scioli by name, the leftist president implicitly backed him by calling for her progressive social policies to go on after she hands the presidency over to her successor in six weeks.

Oct 28, 2015

Argentine corn seen winner from possible election upset

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The surprisingly strong showing by Argentina’s opposition presidential candidate last weekend could prompt higher than expected corn exports at a time when U.S. farmers are already nervous about their competitiveness.

Mauricio Macri defied the opinion polls by easily forcing a run-off with ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli. Macri says he would scrap corn and wheat export curbs and eliminate export taxes on both crops while Scioli keeps his platform more vague.

Oct 28, 2015

Analysis – Argentine corn seen winner from possible election upset

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The surprisingly strong showing by Argentina’s opposition presidential candidate last weekend could prompt higher than expected corn exports at a time when U.S. farmers are already nervous about their competitiveness.

Mauricio Macri defied the opinion polls by easily forcing a run-off with ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli. Macri says he would scrap corn and wheat export curbs and eliminate export taxes on both crops while Scioli keeps his platform more vague.

Oct 26, 2015

Argentine opposition challenger Macri forces run-off in tight election

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Conservative opposition candidate Mauricio Macri stunned Argentina’s ruling party with an unexpectedly strong showing in the presidential election on Sunday, forcing a run-off vote next month, preliminary results showed.

Daniel Scioli, backed by outgoing leftist President Cristina Fernandez, had a big lead in pre-election opinion polls but the results on Sunday showed the two men in a tight race with everything to play for in the run-off.

Oct 26, 2015

Argentina’s Scioli leads election but could face run-off

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had a clear lead in Sunday’s presidential election, but his main rival’s party said it was sure Scioli would fall short of an outright win and have to face a run-off.

In a speech before thousands of party militants, Scioli reached out to swing voters for their support without explicitly accepting the vote would go to a second round.

Oct 26, 2015

Argentina’s Scioli leads election but opposition sees run-off

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had a wide lead in Sunday’s presidential election, TV exit polls showed, but his main rival’s party said it was sure Scioli would fall short of an outright win and have to face a run-off.

The outcome of the election will shape how the South American country tackles its economic woes, including high inflation, a central bank running precariously low on dollars and a sovereign debt default.

Oct 25, 2015

Argentine ruling party candidate seeks first-round election victory

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentines vote for a new president on Sunday with outgoing leader Cristina Fernandez’s candidate the favorite to win despite deep divisions over her brand of leftist populism, which has driven up inflation and shackled the economy.

Polls show Daniel Scioli of the leftist Front for Victory ruling party with a clear lead over his rivals, although he cannot be sure of an outright win and may be forced into a runoff vote next month.

Oct 22, 2015

Argentine leader’s welfare programs help her party in election

ESCOBAR, Argentina (Reuters) – Argentina’s inflation rate is soaring, state controls shackle the economy and its international bonds are in default, but the ruling party’s candidate is still favored to win the presidential election on Sunday.

President Cristina Fernandez, a divisive figure loved by many for strengthening the social safety net and vilified by others for her interventionist economic policies, remains Argentina’s most popular politician.