Conservative Mauricio Macri wins presidential polls in Argentina
Conservative opposition candidate Mauricio Macri of Republican Proposal Party has won Argentina’s 2015 Presidential election.
Mr Macri had secured more than 53 per cent votes defeating his rival Daniel Scioli of ruling Peronist Party who secured 47 per cent votes and ended the 12 years of leftist rule.
He will succeed Christina Kirchner who had ruled the South American country since 2007 and reached the end of her two-term limit.
About Mauricio Macri
- Born on 8 February 1959 in Tandil, Argentina. He is son of Francisco Macri who is one of Argentina’s richest men.
- Prior to entering politics, Mr Macri had a long career in business and holds civil engineer degree.
- Prior to getting elected as President, he was representing City of Buenos Aires in the lower house of the Argentine congress since 2007.
- In 1995, he was elected as president of Boca Juniors Football Club, one of the most popular football clubs in Argentina.
- He used his success at the club as a springboard for his political career and later was re-elected as President of Club in 1999 and 2003.
- Earlier in October 2015, Mr. Macri who is the mayor of Buenos Aires had lost to Mr.Scioli who is the governor of Buenos Aires province in the first round of voting.