The Indy Eye: Mauricio Macri Wins Historic Presidential Run Off

23rd November 2015  Reilly Ryan

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.

Photo by Azzura Lalani

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

Macri Supporters by Reilly Ryan

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

By Azzura Lalani

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

By Reilly Ryan

Meanwhile journalists in Macri’s press bunker worked frantically as the first numbers were announced. By Reilly Ryan

By Azzura Lalani

Police in lined the streets near Plaza de Mayo, prepared for any reaction. By Azzura Lalani

By Reilly Ryan

Macri supporters happily danced for hours without any announcements or results. By Reilly Ryan

By Azzura Lalani

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

by Reilly Ryan

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

By Azzura Lalani

Gatherers at the Obelisco sang, “Ole, ole, ole, ole, Macri, Macri.” By Azzura Lalani

By Reilly Ryan

As did Cambiemos voters in Macri’s bunker. By Reilly Ryan

By Azzura Lalani

Children were out with their parents, shouting Macri’s name, holding balloons and watching the celebration unfold. By Azzura Lalani

By Reilly Ryan

Macri’s own daughter made an appearance, on top the President-elect’s shoulders. By Reilly Ryan

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

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