BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez’s governing bloc held onto control of Congress in Sunday’s elections, but the results has dashed her hopes of a third term.
Opposition leader, Sergio Massa, beat Martin Insaurralde, the candidate that Fernandez hand-picked to lead her slate for Congress. The opposition won a decisive 12-point margin in Buenos Aires province, where 37 percent of Argentina’s voters live.
With 72 percent of the votes counted nationwide, the governing Front for Victory has won 33 percent of the congressional votes overall. But the party looks certain to fall far short of the two-thirds majority needed to revise the constitution. And there will be no third term for Fernandez when her current term expires in 2015. Sergio Massa, former cabinet chief, who quit government four months ago, has risen to prominence.
"I also want to thank this group of 20 elected officials from the province of Buenos Aires who had the courage, the merit, but above all the conviction to choose to take a step forward and construct a path to the future." said Sergio Massa, Frente Renovador Candidate.