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29 October, 2007 - Published 12:04 GMT
Argentina's first elected woman President
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner won Argentina's Presidential elections
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner won Argentina's Presidential elections

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner won Argentina's Presidential elections and will take over as the country's first elected woman President from her husband, Nestor Kirchner. She won a clear victory with more than 40% of the vote - enough to avoid a second round of voting. This report from Daniel Schweimler:

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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner called her victory a triumph for all Argentines. Addressing supporters at her campaign headquarters in a hotel in Buenos Aires, she urged the whole of society to work together. A country, she said, could not be built by a government alone.

Mrs Kirchner also thanked her husband, Nestor, who she will replace as President, before being drowned out by the cheering crowd.

With more than forty percent of the vote she's won an outright victory with no need for a second round next month. The former economy minister, Roberto Lavagna, finished a distant second, and the ex-beauty queen, Elisa Carrio, was third.

Some of the candidates alleged fraud but the official results merely confirmed what the opinion polls had been saying for several months - that Cristina Kirchner would be the first elected woman president of Argentina.

Daniel Schweimler, BBC News, Buenos Aires

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a triumph
a very great success, achievement or, as in this case, victory

main office

urged the whole of society
strongly advised all the people in Argentina

who she will replace
whose (former) job/position she will take

drowned out
silenced (if a loud noise drowns out another noise, it prevents it from being heard)

an outright victory
a complete victory (Mrs Kirchner has had enough support of voters to win the first time round)

finished a distant second
was the second most successful but with far too few votes to compete with Mrs Kirchner

ex-beauty queen
the former winner of a beauty contest

alleged fraud
said there had been an intention to give inaccurate results, but they had no proof of that

simply, purely

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