Argentine vote leader questions deal with European Union

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Argentine vote leader questions deal with European Union
Presidential candidate Alberto Fernandez, left, addresses supporters next to his partner Fabiola Yanez outside the "Frente de Todos" party headquarters after primary elections in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. The "Frente de Todos" presidential ticket with former President Cristina Fernández emerged as the strongest vote-getter in Argentina's primary elections Sunday, indicating conservative President Mauricio Macri will face an uphill battle going into general elections in October.(AP Photo/Tomas F. Cuesta)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s newly established leading presidential contender is throwing doubt on a regional trade pact with Europe and feuding with the conservative president of neighboring Brazil.

Alberto Fernández thumped President Mauricio Macri in Sunday’s primary vote — making him clear leader for October’s main election.

And he’s raising doubts about a Mercosur-European Union trade deal signed in June but not yet ratified.

He told Net TV that the deal “doesn’t exist, never existed,” calling it “a sort of protocol letter” on topics to deal with.

He also described Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro as “racist, a misogynist and violent,” though he also said he “is going to get on splendidly” with Brazil.

Meanwhile, Bolsonaro warned Monday that a Fernández government could lead a mass of Argentines to flood his country as refugees.