December 20, 2014
Gov’t stresses good results in Santiago
Pro-government Civic Front ends with 61% of the vote against 10% for Massa ally
The results of Sunday’s local elections in Santiago del Estero province confirmed earlier impressions that citizens had rewarded ruling parties in all districts where seats were up for grabs.
The Civic Front, the coalition headed by former Santiago del Estero governor Gerardo Zamora, ended up receiving 61.3 percent of votes throughout the province, beating opposition parties by a wide margin.
Sergio Massa’s Renewal Front and its allies mustered 10.1 percent of votes, the non-Peronist UNEN front 9.4 percent and the PRO party (led at a nationwide level by Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri) only 4.3 percent of preferences.
“Everything stays in its right place, that’s what people have expressed,” Zamora said yesterday. “We’ll keep on supporting the president and the governor... so this electoral round means a step forward for everyone in Santiago.”
Civic Front representatives won in 23 out of 26 districts were mayors were elected, including the province’s capital — where the party led by Zamora and his wife, Governor Claudia Abdala de Zamora, earned 48.25 percent of the preferences, according to the provisional vote count. This resulted in the re-election of incumbent Santiago del Estero Mayor Hugo “Lito” Infante, who received almost 28 percent more of votes than UNEN candidate Julio Alegre (20.54 percent) and the centre-right PRO party, which ended third with 11.1 percent.
Miguel Mukdise, the Civic Front mayor of the Las Termas de Río Hondo tourist resort, was also re-elected with 32 percent of votes.
In La Banda, the province’s second city, Movimiento Viable leader Pablo Mirolo beat Education Minister and Civic Front candidate Mariela Nassif by some 12 percentage points. Mirolo — a figure handpicked by Héctor “Chabay” Ruiz, a former Kirchnerite who is now Massa’s main ally in the district — mustered almost 49.8 percent of votes compared to 37.5 percent for Zamora’s candidate. Dissident Peronists and the province’s sole registered leftist party (the Workers’ Leftist Front) ended up third and fourth, with 6.6 and 1.9 percent, respectively.
In Pinto, another major city of Santiago del Estero province, the local section of the UNEN front led by Emilio Rached beat the Civic Front candidate Jorge Leguizamón by a small margin (50.95 to 49.05 percent). Rached, also a former Kirchnerite, fell out with the national government during the 2008 farming crisis.
Herald staff with Télam