Former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has formed centre-left party and will run for key seat that populous Buenos Aires province

Argentina’s former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has formally launched her bid for a Senate seat in October’s mid-term elections in a race that will determine whether President Mauricio Macri can deepen his free-market reforms.

Fernández’s run, confirmed by a spokesman, comes a little over a week after she formed a new centre-left party independent of Peronism, Argentina’s dominant political movement that she has belonged to for decades.

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