With some eight months to the Argentine primaries when presidential hopefuls for the October election to reelect or oust Mauricio Macri will be chosen, pollster Opinaia, shows that most pre-candidates have a greater negative than positive image. This is possible because of the disenchantment of Argentines with their political system and economic situation.
Major parties running in Sunday’s mid-term congressional election in Argentina suspended their campaigns on Wednesday after a body, thought to be that of a young protester who went missing more than two months ago, was found in a river.
Eleven public opinion polls done during the last four weeks, coincide that in the most important electoral circuit in Argentina, (40% of votes), for the coming midterm October elections, the candidate of the ruling coalition, Let's Change, former Education minister Esteban Bullrich is leading ahead of ex president Cristina Fernandez, running for her United Citizens.
With trading much more relaxed on Friday ended the several days of money market uncertainty leading to Argentina Sunday´s primary election, an anticipation of what can happen in the midterm elections of 22 October when President Mauricio Macri's economic reforms will be put to test in the polls, and hopefully his coalition will increase its congressional support.
On Sunday Argentines will be able to choose their candidates to the Senate and Lower House for the midterm October elections, in a process known as PASO, which means open mandatory, simultaneous primaries for all parties, but which are not compulsory for the electoral roll.
Mauricio Macri's ruling coalition, Let's Change suffered its first electoral defeat since winning the presidential runoff last November, at a mayoral competition in the city of Rio Cuarto, Córdoba province last Sunday.
A majority of Argentines continue to support president Mauricio Macri despite a raft of unpopular measures, public utilities rate increases, inflation, redundancies and slower activity, which his administration has been forced to implement in the first six months of his mandate in an attempt to reorganize the country's economy.
Mauricio Macri expects to meet with Barack Obama at the end of next March when the Argentine president attends in Washington the summit on Nuclear Security of which Argentina is a member. The event takes place between 31 March and first April, and if the meeting effectively takes place, it would mean the return of the formal dialogue between the two countries, rather frozen under his predecessor Cristina Fernandez.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri met on Thursday with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Davos as both leaders attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. The atmosphere of the meeting was described as 'very positive' and several steps of a new relationship were announced, while the Falklands/Malvinas issue was left for further on.
The United States is ending its policy of opposing most lending to Argentina from multilateral development banks, the US Treasury Department announced. US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew informed Argentine Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay of the move on Thursday when the two met in Davos, Switzerland, the department said in a statement.