After Sunday's loss of Unión por la Patria (UP) of Economy Minister Sergio Massa to La Libertad Avanza's Javier Milei in Argentina's presidential runoff elections, the country's ruling party was delivered yet another blow this week when manual counting handed the post of Mayor of the exclusive beach resort of Pinamar in the Province of Buenos Aires to the Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) candidate by just one vote over his UP rival.
The opposition coalition Juntos x el Cambio (JxC) of former President Mauricio Macri is practically broken after presidential candidate Patricia Bullrich announced following dinner with the former head of state that the two of them would support the candidacy of Congressman Javier Milei (La Libertad Avanza - LLA) in the Nov. 19 runoff against Economy Minister Sergio Massa of Unión x la Patria (UP).
Ignacio Torres of the opposition Together for Change (Juntos por el Cambio - JxC) alliance finally won Sunday's gubernatorial elections in the Argentine province of Chubut with 35.71% of the votes, edging Arriba Chubut's Juan Pablo Luque, who collected 34.11% and would not admit defeat until Monday.
Marcelo Orrego of Unidos por San Juan (USJ) won Sunday's gubernatorial elections in the Argentine province of San Juan, it was reported. USJ is affiliated with the opposition Together for Change (Juntos por el Cambio - JxC) alliance at a national level. Peronist candidate José Luis Gioja of the Frente San Juan por Todos acknowledged defeat.
The opposition Together for Change (Juntos por el Cambio - JxC) celebrated three victories in provincial elections in Argentina on Sunday: Governor Gustavo Valdés of the UCR (a JxC member) celebrated in Corrientes, former Governor Alfredo Cornejo won the open primaries in Mendoza and looks poised to returning to the provincial helm later this year but in San Luis, former Governor Claudio Poggi shocked Governor Alberto Rodríguez Saa's candidate Jorge Fernández. On the other hand, the Peronist Frente de Todos (FdT) of President Alberto Fernández won by a landslide in Tucumán. Lieutenant Governor Osvaldo Jaldo became Governor-elect.
Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodíguez Larreta's decision to hold municipal elections concurrently with the federal ones albeit with different (and electronic) ballot boxes has sparked friction among Argentina's opposition Together for Change (Juntos por el Cambio - JxC) coalition, particularly from former President Mauricio Macri.
Argentina's opposition Together for Change (Juntos por el Cambio - JxC) coalition would beat the ruling Everbody's Front (Frente de Todos - FdT) alliance at the Simultaneous, Open and Mandatory Primary (PASO) elections in August by between 10 to 12 percentage points, according to a poll by Opina Argentina published Tuesday in Buenos Aires. The Libertarian movement of Congressman Javier Milei would come in third, the study also showed.
Argentine Liberal Deputy Javier Milei admitted he would gladly face PRO Chairwoman (and Presidential hopeful) Patricia Bullrich in next year's primary elections and if he loses he would agree to serve as Minister of Economy under her.
Argentina's Lower House passed the 2023 budget bill in the wee hours of Wednesday. Among the most significant changes was an Airport Security tax which will reportedly help support the Airport Security Police (PSA).
Former Argentine President Mauricio Macri told G-7 ambassadors in Buenos Aires that his political alliance Juntos por el Cambio (Together for Change - JxC) was “ready” for 2023.