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Thursday, 01 November 2012 - 19:34
Argentina lowered its voting age to 16 from 18 today
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Argentina lowered its voting age to 16 from 18 today, a change that could help politically ailing President Cristina Fernandez court the youth vote ahead of 2013 mid-term elections.

Dozens of opposition members of the lower house of Congress walked out of the rancorous late-night session just before the measure won final approval by a vote of 131 to 2.

Fernandez, who polls well among younger voters, has not ruled out a bid by her supporters to change the constitution to allow her to run for a third term in 2015.

Legions of youthful activists have joined the "Campora" movement, known for its disorderly  demonstrations in favor of Fernandez's heterodox policies.

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