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LatAm leaders congratulate Argentine president on reelection

(Xinhua)

13:35, October 25, 2011

MEXICO CITY, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Latin American countries and regional organizations congratulated Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Monday on her re-election as Argentina's president.

Fernandez won her second term by winning 53.9 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections, while the socialist candidate Hermes Binner, her closest competitor, came in second with only 16.8 percent of the vote.

On Monday, the Venezuelan government conveyed President Hugo Chavez's congratulations on the election results in Argentina.

Chavez said the election results are vital to guarantee the political direction in South America, adding that Fernandez's ongoing presence "strengthens the hope in a future of dignity and sovereignty for all the region."

The Uruguayan government released a statement saying that President Jose Mujica telephoned Fernandez as soon as he heard about the election results.

Bolivian President Evo Morales sent a congratulatory letter to Fernandez, saying the results "ratify not only your deserved leadership, but the great love that the people have for you."

For his part, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called the election results a "forthright" victory for Fernandez.

Meanwhile, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos twittered Monday that he "spoke with Cristina Fernandez and congratulated her in the name of all Colombians on her victory."

Chile sent congratulations to Fernandez through Interior Minister Andres Chadwick, who described the election results as a "very good triumph" and wished Fernandez lots of success in her second presidential term.

Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said that President Sebastian Pinera expects "to receive the Argentine president here in Chile in December."

Besides, the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), which includes Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, also congratulated Fernandez and said her "re-election will contribute, undoubtedly, to consolidate the regional integration, in which you (Fernandez) have become one of the main impellers."

CAN Secretary-General Adalid Contreras said that President Fernandez's leadership will help subregional integration groups reach a solid Latin American integration.

Also on Monday, the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), an intergovernmental union integrating the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) and the CAN, sent a congratulatory message to Fernandez saying that her victory "is an extraordinary fact which deserves the congratulations of every member of the South American countries."

Unasur, modeled on the European Union, also said that with Fernandez's reelection, "the region is strengthened" and full of hope for the integration promoted by her and her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner.

On Dec. 10, 2007, Fernandez succeeded her husband as Argentina's first elected female president.

Kirchner died last October after suffering a heart attack.

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