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Lúgaro Says She Opened Breach in Two-Party Politics

By on November 8, 2016

Alexandra Lúgaro smiles after casting her vote. (Rafelli González/CB)

Alexandra Lúgaro smiles after casting her vote. (Rafelli González/CB)

SAN JUAN — Under a torrential downpour and surrounded by followers who shouted “Lúgaro, don’t be afraid” and “Lúgaro 2020,” the independent candidate for Puerto Rico governor, Alexandra Lúgaro, celebrated Tuesday night what she called a historic breach in Puerto Rico’s bipartisan politics.

The now former candidate gave an improvised message at the entrance of a restaurant in San Juan’s Miramar district before talking with media outlets about the historic margin of votes she achieved, obtaining 172,232 votes for an 11.11% that, added to the 88,637 votes (5.72%) obtained by Manuel Cidre and the historic victory of medical doctor and social activist José Vargas Vidot for a senator-at-large seat, could very well mark the beginning of a new electoral order on the island.

Lúgaro seemed overcome with emotion in the aftermath of the elections and congratulated the rest of the independent candidates for facing the partisan-political machinery in Puerto Rico.

“It has been a big surprise, I believe the country has given the parties a lesson, we have constituted the third-largest electoral force seen in the island’s last half-century. We have constituted a political force of more than 300,000 people who have said in this election that they want to be heard, they have told the political parties that they must transform, that they must reinvent themselves or the three are destined to disappear.

“I congratulate all of the independent candidates who faced the system and at the same time, my respects to the other candidates. And to Ricardo, I hope you can understand the magnitude of the task that has been given to you, and that you are able to accept it responsibly,” said Lúgaro, adding that she doesn’t discard an alliance with Cidre and Vargas Vidot, on the condition that it is for the country’s well-being.

During her speech to the dozens of followers who approached the locale, Lúgaro stressed that the result of the general elections are proof neither the political machinery nor exorbitant advertising budgets are necessary to bring a message to the people.

“We have seen the greatest erosion in the major parties in country’s political history, and that conveys an overwhelming message, and firstly, I am very thankful to all the people who joined this movement, who went out to be sworn [elections] officials, who came out to give us 30,000 signatures, who fought with their with neighbors, friends and family for defending what they believed to be just and correct amid this historic moment,” Lúgaro said.

“We have seen how the youth demonstrated that it is a myth that they don’t vote. Young people registered and went out to vote and have taken a first incredible step in this history. This movement doesn’t begin or end here, there is much more to do but the important thing is to see all that we have won and how we made it possible for eight independent candidates to face the system,” she added.

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