Last night Indy journalists Azzura Lalani and Reilly Ryan followed the excitement and disappointment in Mauricio Macri and Daniel Scioli’s respective bunkers, as the the results of the country’s first ever run-off election.
The party started early in the Cambiemos bunker as exit polls suggested a clear win for Macri. Outside the NH hotel in central Buenos Aires, Frente para la Victoria supporter clung on to hope until Scioli accepted defeat at around 9.30pm. One the result was known, crowds of Macri supporters gathered at the Obelisco, where the celebration continued into the early hours of Monday morning.
Supporters gathered early in the afternoon in Plaza de Mayo and in front of the Casa Rosada, cheering on their FPV hopeful, Daniel Scioli. Photo by Azzura Lalani
At Macri’s Camp eager supporters of all ages arrived as early as 4:30 PM, knowing full well they could be there until midnight. By Reilly Ryan
It was a long evening for Scioli supporters in the FPV bunker in the centre of the city. Exit polls quickly predicted Macri would win the election and the mood was sombre. By Azzura Lalani
Meanwhile journalists in Macri’s press bunker worked frantically as the first numbers were announced. By Reilly Ryan
Police in lined the streets near Plaza de Mayo, prepared for any reaction. By Azzura Lalani
Macri supporters happily danced for hours without any announcements or results. By Reilly Ryan
Scioli conceded that “change has been voted for,” and that he hoped it will be a change for the better, as his daughter held back tears. He left the stage to the sound of applause. By Azzura Lalani
When word spread that Scioli had conceded defeat, Macri appeared to celebrate the victory with his supporters. “It’s a historic day, a change of era,” He said. “You made the impossible possible with your vote.” By Reilly Ryan
Gatherers at the Obelisco sang, “Ole, ole, ole, ole, Macri, Macri.” By Azzura Lalani
As did Cambiemos voters in Macri’s bunker. By Reilly Ryan
Children were out with their parents, shouting Macri’s name, holding balloons and watching the celebration unfold. By Azzura Lalani
Macri’s own daughter made an appearance, on top the President-elect’s shoulders. By Reilly Ryan
In due time Macri’s bunker spilled out of Costa Salguero and onto the streets, screaming “Se Siente, Se siente, Macri Presidente!” Cars honked in support until the early hours of the morning, and Argentina went to sleep with thoughts of a new president. By Reilly Ryan