Argentina's Fernandez rallies voters for Nov. 22 run-off election

jueves 29 de octubre de 2015 21:00 GYT

By Hugh Bronstein

BUENOS AIRES Oct 29 (Reuters) - Argentina's outgoing leader Cristina Fernandez gave an emotional campaign speech on Thursday in her first public address since a surprisingly weak performance by her party's candidate in the first-round presidential election on Sunday.

Without mentioning allied candidate Daniel Scioli by name, the leftist president implicitly backed him by calling for her progressive social policies to go on after she hands the presidency over to her successor in six weeks.

"Who is the candidate who can guarantee our policies continue?" Fernandez asked in a clear reference to Scioli.

"What's important is that our policies are carried on. Names are not important," she said at a televised rally before thousands of applauding and chanting supporters.

Scioli, who did not attend the event, is running against opposition leader Mauricio Macri in the Nov. 22 run-off vote.

Macri defied opinion polls on Sunday by getting enough votes to easily force a second round.

At stake is the future of Latin America's No. 3 economy at a time of dwindling foreign reserves and high inflation left by eight years of free-spending populism under Fernandez.

"I am not a candidate for anything," said Fernandez, who is barred by law from seeking a third consecutive term this year.   Continuación...