Nearly half a million people demonstrated Saturday to support the candidacy of the outgoing president, Liberal Mauricio Macri, in bad shape for the presidential election of October 27 against the Peronist Alberto Fernández, who severely beat him in the primaries.
With our correspondent in Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri
" Sí s'puede " ("Yes, we can do it"). The campaign slogan of Mauricio Macri was again massively resumed this Saturday night in Buenos Aires. In front of a crowd worthy of a Peronist candidate, but composed of Argentines mainly middle-class, the outgoing president called his voters to mobilize for the presidential election. " You are the strength of this country. We must accompany you to build the Argentina we dream and deserve. So I tell you, you have to vote! "
Beaten by 16 points in the primaries of August 11, the outgoing president should earn three points, which is not impossible given the mobilization of this Saturday. But it will also hope that his Peronist adversary Alberto Fernández lost so much, to force a ballot.
Supporters who want to believe
Bet difficult, if not impossible. Not for his followers, as Verónica and Gabriel testify. " We are convinced that Mauricio Macri will be re-elected because three and a half years is not enough. He has done a lot, but you have to give him more time, "says Veronica. " I did not think there would be so many people. We have friends who are undecided and, if we do not want to change their way of thinking, we want them to see that we should not go back, "says Gabriel.
Not a word about the economic crisis, the main factor of voters' disenchantment with the outgoing head of state. Whatever the result of October 27, Mauricio Macri has consolidated this Saturday a block of opposition to a future Peronist government.
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