Just ahead of the 23 October presidential elections, incumbent president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner remains the clear frontrunner in the election polls. Surveys conducted since Fernandez's announcement to run for office gave her more than 40% of the vote. The trend actually improved in more recent polls, with intentions to vote for Fernandez ranging from 51.0%, according to consulting firm OPSM, to 55.4%, according to a poll by Equis. Surprisingly, polls identify Hermes Binner of the Socialist Party (PS, Partido Socialista) and current governor of the Santa Fe province as the most likely runner-up, with intentions to vote hovering around 15%. Binner surpasses Ricardo Alfonsin of the Radical Civic Union (UCR, Union Civica Radical), who was ranked as Kirchner's main opponent in surveys preceding August's primary elections. If such a margin is achieved and Fernandez secures at least 40% of voters' support, there will be no need for a run-off vote. According to the electoral law, candidates can win elections directly in the first round if they win more than 45% of the votes or, alternatively, 40% of the votes with a 10% advantage over the second most popular candidate.
President Fernandez likely to win presidential elections in first round
October 6, 2011
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Argentina Economic News
October 4, 2016
At its weekly meeting on 4 October, the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA) decided to keep the 35-day Lebac interest rate unchanged at 26.75%, matching the previous week’s decision.
September 30, 2016
In August, industrial production contracted 5.7% over the same month of the previous year, according to the latest data released by the National Statistical Institute (INDEC).
September 28, 2016
In July, the monthly indicator for economic activity (EMAE, Estimador Mensual de Actividad Económica) declined 5.9% year-on-year, which was below the 4.7% fall in June and represented the steepest contraction since July 2009.
September 28, 2016
In August, exports expanded 12.0% over the same month last year, which contrasted the 10.8% decrease seen in July and marked the highest reading since May 2013.
September 26, 2016
In August, consumer prices in the greater Buenos Aires capital area increased 0.2% over the previous month, according to recent data published by the National Statistics Institute (INDEC).