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Alberto Fernández is no stranger to Argentine politics

Wednesday, August 14th 2019 - 08:22 UTC
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Alberto Fernández has long known Argentina’s former presidents Néstor Kirchner and his successor and wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Alberto Fernández has long known Argentina’s former presidents Néstor Kirchner and his successor and wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1959, Alberto Fernández entered politics in the early 1980s towards the end of the last dictatorship. He studied law at Buenos Aires University Born in Buenos Aires in 1959, Alberto Fernández entered politics in the early 1980s towards the end of the last dictatorship. He studied law at Buenos Aires University
Fernández as president would bring back Peronism, a political ideology and movement dating back to the country's president Juan Domingo Perón Fernández as president would bring back Peronism, a political ideology and movement dating back to the country's president Juan Domingo Perón

Presidential candidate Alberto Fernández pulled off a resounding victory in Argentina’s primary elections last Sunday when he received 47% of the vote. Argentine President Mauricio Macri, a conservative leader known for tough austerity measures, received just 33% of the vote.

The first round of the presidential election is October 27, however, and Fernández showed that he could have enough support to avoid a run-off in November. Candidates need at least 45% of the vote to win outright in the first round of the presidential elections or 40% with a 10% lead over the nearest opponent.

The primaries are seen as a good indicator of public opinion ahead of the elections as all parties take part in them and voting is compulsory.
“As they are not binding, the elections have served as an excellent opportunity to unload much dissatisfaction that a large part of society had been expressing about the current government,” said Adriana Amado, an Argentine expert in political communication.

She added that there is always room for a change in the political situation and that people who have abstained from voting in these elections could change the result come October.

Alberto Fernández is no stranger to Argentine politics and has long known Argentina’s former presidents Néstor Kirchner and his successor and wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is on Fernández’s ticket and would serve as his vice-president if he wins the presidency. The former president is a familiar face whereas Alberto Fernández isn't.

“He wasn't a well-known figure, wasn’t sought after and doesn’t generate much interest,” said Adriana Amado.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1959, Alberto Fernández entered politics in the early 1980s towards the end of the last dictatorship. He finished studying law around the same time at the University of Buenos Aires.

Fernández as president would bring back Peronism, a political ideology and movement dating back to the country's president Juan Domingo Perón. It's sometimes called a populist movement though many experts say it's neither left nor right.

Alberto Fernández was the head of the former president Néstor Kirchner's electoral campaign in the 2003 and later served as Chief of his Cabinet of Ministers. He went on to run Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s presidential campaign during the 2007 elections, but he resigned his post in her administration in 2008.

He later criticized the Argentine president, stating that he was kicked out of the government and that Fernández de Kirchner had mismanaged the economy. He also said she led a “bad government”.

But in May it was announced that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would be running mate on a Fernandez ticket.

”All of us who had criticized her at one time or another understood that it was a mistake to continue confronting each other when Argentina's problem was called Macri” Alberto Fernández explained of the seeming reversal. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner faces several corruption charges.

Argentina’s peso and markets meanwhile plunged and the country risk skyrocketed after the election results amid fears of a return to previous interventionist economic policies.

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  • pgerman

    @Enrique,

    Just in case Alberto Fernandez finally were elected president I would like to see you leaving Canada a traveling back to Argentina. SO you can “enjoy” the next four “interesting” argentine years.....

    Aug 15th, 2019 - 12:04 pm +2
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    EM,

    “The next four years are going to be very interesting.”

    The next four years would continue the downward spiral that the Ks started.

    As pgerman says, if you disagree and think Argentina will become a land of opportunity for your skills then what is stopping you? You don't want to miss out! Your Canadian dollars will make you very rich in a few years!

    Aug 15th, 2019 - 06:15 pm +1
  • Enrique Massot

    Of course, most foreigners and many Argentines will have difficult understanding the recent political moves that ended up capturing the electors’ support.

    President Mauricio Macri is one of those who hasn’t yet registered what has just happened.

    Clearly disoriented, Macri has announced a handful of mitigation measures that are not going to change anything.

    The next four years are going to be very interesting.

    Aug 15th, 2019 - 04:32 am -1
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