Support For Fernández, The Opportunity For Macri And The Extreme Right: What Is At Stake In The Argentine Elections

Support for Fernández, the opportunity for Macri and the extreme right: what is at stake in the Argentine elections

This Sunday Argentina is gambling its political future at the polls. This date, known among locals as “14N”, is the most important in the political calendar of the South American country. Although Argentines go to the polls to elect the new members of Congress –and not their next president–, the parliamentary elections are of central importance for the country, to the point that the defeat of the party of President Alberto Fernández in the The primaries ended with the resignation of half a dozen ministers the following week. The primaries in Argentina are open and simultaneous and function as a possible reading of what may happen in the elections.

As if all these condiments were not enough in the “previous election”, the city of Buenos Aires woke up this week invaded by false posters that pretended to be from the president’s party, Frente de Todos, but that in reality had been made by the political opposition , imitating even the logo of the ruling party, with a mocking tone.

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The defeat in the primary elections, held last September, places the Argentine government in a difficult position for this Sunday: it has to win or win.

The fall in popularity of Alberto Fernández, which is at its historical minimum, has been accentuated by the crisis unleashed by the pandemic and the scandal that emerged months ago, when a photo of the first lady, Fabiola Yáñez, was released. celebrating his birthday with several guests at the Government House, during the first quarantine in Argentina, when citizens were prohibited from meeting. So much so that the results of the primaries gave only 30% in favor of the ruling party.

In addition to the ruling party, this Sunday’s elections are eagerly awaited by Mauricio Macri. His candidate for Parliament, Maria Eugenia Vidal –who recently starred in a scandal over the acquisition of a very expensive apartment in the most expensive area of ​​Buenos Aires–, dared to say in the closing ceremony of the campaign that “in this election plays the power of Kirchnerism “.

T he scandals not only involve the candidate for deputy for the macrismo, but also the party leader himself, Mauricio Macri, who recently had to testify in court for a cause in which he is accused of espionage. On the day he was summoned, the former Argentine president threw the microphone of a journalist to the ground

of a television channel related to the Government and left it useless, something for which he would later apologize on Twitter, referring to the episode as a “reflex action.”

One of the candidates who is beginning to gain ground in the Argentine political game is the economist Javier Milei. Candidate for deputy for the Libertad Avanza party, this character, who combines the style of “old rocker” with political extremism, is gaining fame. In addition to publicly attacking his rivals, one of the features of this candidate for Congress, who represents the local extreme right, is his commitment to liberalism in its most extreme version.

This politician, who claims to be “against” politicians, was one of the great surprises of the primary elections in September and came in third place in Buenos Aires, with 13.6% of the votes. Its presence generates a division in the macroism, especially since Macri decided to meet with him weeks ago, something that was not well received by his colleagues. “I did not come here to guide lambs, I came to wake up lions,” the far-right candidate often shouts at campaign events.

One of the great unknowns of what will happen this Sunday at the political level in Argentina has to do with the results of the voting in the province of Buenos Aires. It was precisely there that the great electoral surprise happened.

The electoral results in this area of ​​the country are usually considered as a prelude and a thermometer of the parties at the national level. And, although it is usually Peronism who takes all the votes there – the governor is the Kirchnerista Axel Kicillof – in the primary elections the result was not as expected and the government party also lost there, as well as in 17 other districts of the 24 that make up the national scene.

Drama, strategy and, above all, a war of power that will have real consequences on the local political scene. All these will be the condiments of the race for the polls this Sunday in Argentina. And in which each vote will define the near future of power in the southern country.



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