Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s second-round runoff election on November 22nd to become the country’s next president.
The mayor of the city of Buenos Aires, who ran under the banner of Cambiemos (“Let’s Change”)—a coalition of mostly centrist non-Peronist parties—took 51.4% of the vote.
He narrowly defeated Daniel Scioli, the governor of Buenos Aires province, who campaigned as the heir of the outgoing Peronist president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
The victory of Mauricio Macri, the Mayor of Buenos Aires, in Argentina’s presidential election over the ruling Peronist party’s Daniel Scioli, marks an end to the so-called Kirchner era, at least for now.
Over the past 12 years, the outgoing President, Cristina Fernandez, and her late husband Nestor Kirchner dominated the country’s policy, reshaping the character of the Argentine state into a welfare institution from being a free-market facilitator.
In his first press conference as Argentine president, Mauricio Macri announced he would not have a Secretary of Economy but rather an economic cabinet with six members, and anticipated that the team that will be taking office with him, as well as those in the province of Buenos Aires, « will include many officials which do not come from the political system ».