Macri reelected as Buenos Aires mayor

08:23, August 02, 2011      

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Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri was reelected Sunday with a landslide victory in a runoff against rival Daniel Filmus backed by President Cristina Fernandez.

Macri, a businessman-turned-politician, won 63.4 percent of the votes while the rest ballots went to Filmus, a Peronist Senator who has conceded defeat but vowed to analyze what went wrong.

Macri and Filmus faced off with each other on Sunday after all mayoral candidates failed to grab more than 50 percent of the votes in the first election round.

It was the second time that Macri beat Filmus in mayoral elections.

Macri, 52, a former boss of Argentina's most popular football club Boca Juniors, defeat Filmus to become the Buenos Aires mayor in 2007.

President Fernandez congratulated Macri, who had planned to run for president but dropped out of the race in May to focus on the reelection bid.

However, the mayoral race of Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital and most prosperous city, was regarded an indication of the political trends ahead of the presidential election on Oct. 23.

Local media reports said the president's center-left government may downplay Filmus's defeat, chalking it up to a traditionally anti-Peronist electorate.

The government also cautioned against reading too much into the results of the mayoral vote and said Fernandez remains confident about her own reelection prospect despite the ruling coalition's defeats in several provincial elections.

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