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Monday, October 25, 1999 Published at 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

In pictures: End of an era in Argentina

Argentina's opposition leader Fernando de la Rua has won the country's presidential election, ending 10 years of Peronist rule under the outgoing President Carlos Menem.

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In a victory speech, Fernando de la Rua (centre left) and running mate Carlos Alvarez (centre right) have pledged to tackle social issues.

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Hundreds of Mr de la Rua's supporters celebrated on the streets of Argentina's capital Buenos Aires.

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Mr de la Rua beat Eduardo Duhalde of the Peronist party by 47.5% of the votes to 40%.

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Outgoing President Carlos Menem casts his vote in the elections. A flamboyant figure, he intends to run for the presidency again in 2003.

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Eduardo Duhalde on a rally during the election campaign. Mr Duhalde's supporters have blamed Mr Menem for his defeat. They claimed he worked against Mr Duhalde, in order to regain the party's nomination for the next presidential elections.

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In contrast to Mr Menem, Fernando de la Rua is a rather dry figure whose interests include reading and gardening. He campaigned under the slogan: "People say I'm boring."

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