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ARGENTINA | 27-01-2019 17:33

La Rioja governor wins re-reelection referendum

The vote would have failed if 35 percent of the population voted against the measure but less than 40 percent of the population participated in the referendum.

The governor of La Rioja province, Sergio Casas, on Sunday won a referendum allowing him to run for a third term in the October elections.

Casas' win comes after the Supreme Court last week voted down an appeal against the referendum.

"The government (in La Rioja) does what the people want. There is nothing more democratic than voting on a measure constitutionally", Casas told reporters as he voted in San Blas de los Sauces.

"The people are now going to decide. This is an act of democracy which we must protect", he said.

The vote would have failed if 35 percent of the population voted against the measure. However, less than 40 percent of the population participated in the referendum, according to provincial electoral data. Sixty percent of those who voted supported Casas' motion.

The opposition, part of President Mauricio Macri's Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition, described the referendum's wording as "lax" and "unconstitutional".

Cambiemos and dissident Peronist leaders like Sergio Massa called on voters to "massively vote" for the "no option".

SUPREME COURT VOTE

Last week, Justices Ricardo Lorenzetti, Horacio Rosatti and Elena Highton de Nolasco voted against the UCR Radical Party's appeal, which argued that Governor Casas should not be allowed to run for a third term in office.

Chief Justice Carlos Rosenkrantz voted in favour while Justice Carlos Maqueda was absent.

La Rioja is the home province of former president Carlos Menem.

-TIMES/PERFIL

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