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Argentine political scenario prepares for the October presidential election

Wednesday, June 19th 2019 - 09:59 UTC
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Massa, a centrist politician who had himself eyed a presidential run, struck an alliance last week with Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Massa, a centrist politician who had himself eyed a presidential run, struck an alliance last week with Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
The former chief of staff said on Tuesday he would be the first on a list of candidates to lead the Chamber of Deputies, one of the country's two houses of Congress, if Peronist hopeful Alberto Fernan The former chief of staff said on Tuesday he would be the first on a list of candidates to lead the Chamber of Deputies, one of the country's two houses of Congress, if Peronist hopeful Alberto Fernan

Argentine politician Sergio Massa, who recently pledged his support to the main opposition challengers to President Mauricio Macri, is in line to play a key role in the country's Congress if his new allies win national elections later this year.

The former chief of staff said on Tuesday he would be the first on a list of candidates to lead the Chamber of Deputies, one of the country's two houses of Congress, if Peronist hopeful Alberto Fernandez wins the presidency.

Massa, a centrist politician who had himself eyed a presidential run, struck an alliance last week with Fernandez and his unrelated running mate Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who served as president from 2007 to 2015.

The alliance - which had raised the question of what role Massa would take - is expected to widen the appeal of the Fernandez-Fernandez ticket to more moderate voters, particularly in the key province of Buenos Aires.

“Beyond my personal interest, our biggest responsibility is to give Argentines the possibility to build a majority to have a new government,” Massa said during a seminar in Buenos Aires.

The Fernandez-Fernandez pairing will take on center-right leader Macri in elections in October. If no candidate wins 45% of votes in the first round of voting - or wins at least 40% with a 10 percentage point margin over the second-place finisher - the race will go to a runoff in November.

Macri, who has been hit hard in the polls by a painful economic recession and market volatility, will seek re-election with running mate Miguel Ángel Pichetto, another moderate Peronist.

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  • Little J

    Enrique
    Believe you must have your dates wrong. You say .....“if Massa had run for the 2.015 elections he could have subtracted vital votes to the Fernandez-Fernandez ticket” As far as I'm aware this ticket is running for the 2.019 elections, Massa and Alberto Fernandez being pretty well at logger-heads around 2.015, with CFK and her followers.

    Also you say “.....will make even more possible to kick out a gang of highway robbers............” but you fail to add “......and allow the most corrupt government to ever govern Argentina in the country's history to return to power so that they can blunder again to their heart's content as they did during their previous terms in office”.

    Most likely with total and absolute inmunity if they manage to enact laws benefiting themselves in the process, to the extent of excluding them from any legal procedures against them for their past actions. An intention which has been publicly made by various of them, should they succeed in being elected.

    Let's hope that history does'nt repeat itself.....................

    Jun 20th, 2019 - 12:37 pm +1
  • :o))

    @Little J

    Enrique Massot has mentioned a historical fact while you seem to be more concerned about the “dates”:

    “A gang of highway robbers who have indebted the country for the next 100 years”

    Obviously, the masses would NEVER like to leave such valuable traditions and cultural heritage!

    Jun 21st, 2019 - 10:06 am +1
  • Little J

    :o))

    Believe that the dates are not only historical but also accurate. Therefore I stand by what I have previously written.

    As to your remarks “a gang of highway robbers have indebted the country for the next 100 years”.

    I suggest that this comment shld refer first and foremost to CFK and the other
    of her government as if anybody robbed the country over a period of 12 years, it was them without a shadow of doubt.

    Jun 22nd, 2019 - 01:18 pm +1
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