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Monday May 9, 2011

Buenos Aires mayor Decides Against Presidential Run

Buenos Aires mayor Decides Against Presidential Run

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“After much reflection and debate, I feel and I’m convinced that the best place from where I can serve is the city of Buenos Aires,” said Mayor Mauricio Macri, a former president of the Boca Juniors soccer team.

Mayor Macri and Argentinas President Cristina Fernandez are bitter foes. Although Fernandez lacks majority support, it appears Macri lacks the support he would need to unseat Fernandez.

The presidential election is Oct. 23, but a primary vote Aug. 14 has taken on more importance for those who hope to change the government for the first time since Fernandez’s predecessor and husband, the late Nestor Kirchner, took office in 2003.

By law, all candidates must run in the unified primary election, where Argentine voters can choose any candidate they like irrespective of party affiliation. That means the primary will show better than any poll which opponent has the best chance of unseating Fernandez. And that will increase pressure on the others to drop out.