President Alberto Fernández will face a new Congress in December with strong parity between the ruling party and the opposition following Sunday’s midterm elections, in which libertarian Javier Milei also confirmed his arrival on the political scene.
The ruling Frente de Todos coalition made a comeback in several constituencies after its setback in the September primaries, but that was not enough to maintain a simple majority in the Senate (37 out of 72 senators), losing six of the 41 seats they held. ‘she held.
Nevertheless, it remains the largest minority in both chambers of Congress, defying the aspirations of Juntos por el Cambio, the coalition nominally led by former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019). The opposition had kept hope of claiming the presidency of the lower house of the Chamber of Deputies after its victory in the PSO primaries.
Officially, there is no count of the national vote, since the elections were held by constituency. A statement established by the La Nacion The newspaper, with 98.84 percent of polling stations declaring, put Juntos por el Cambio on 41.97 percent, with the Frente de Todos on 33.57 percent.
The renewal of half of the benches in the lower house took place across the country, while votes for the renewal of a third of the 72 Senate seats took place in eight provinces.
In the upper house, the government will have a block of 35 senators against 31 for the opposition, the other six belonging to various provincial forces. The Todos Front will have to seek alliances to push forward the legislation and make key appointments.
According to projections, when the new Congress takes office on December 10, the Chamber of Deputies will be polarized almost equally between the Frente de Todos bloc with 118 seats and Juntos with 116 seats.
The rest will be distributed among minorities, including Federal Peronists (six MPs), among minority groups such as Federal Peronism (six MPs), ultra-liberals (five) and leftists (four), among others.
Reading the races, the novelty in the city of Buenos Aires, the nation’s capital with 2.8 million inhabitants, is the emergence of Javier Milei, a 51-year-old ultra-liberal economist who has constantly paid the chronicle during the campaign.
With a fierce speech, which involved condemning the “political caste,” Milei secured 17% of the vote, improving his performance in the primaries and winning his two seats in the lower house.
His ally, his fellow economist and former presidential candidate José Luis Espert, won 7.5% – over 650,000 votes – in the province of Buenos Aires. Together, their allied forces, Avanza Libertad, will now have five lawmakers in Congress, underscoring the growth in liberal and libertarian support.
“Milei is a transgressor who aims at the transgression of the youth, but it will be like a summer love story. Espert, on the other hand, is something else, he is serious and thoughtful,” said political consultant Raúl. Aragón to the AFP news agency. .
Countering the liberal push, the Frente de Izquierda y de Trabajadores – Unidad (Workers’ Left Front, FIT-U) recorded its best election ever in the race for the lower house seats, scoring 7.8% in the capital ( and one seat for Myriam Bregman), 6.8 percent in the province of Buenos Aires (two, Nicolás Del Caño, Romina Del Plá) and an unprecedented 25 percent (one, Alejandro Vilca) in the northern province of Jujuy.
In the city of Buenos Aires, the opposition – which has controlled the capital since 2007 – is once again largely winning. Its list, led by the former governor of the province of Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal, garnered 47 percent of the vote against 25.1 percent for the list presented by the Frente de Todos, dominated by Leandro Santoro.
In the province of Buenos Aires, a key battleground that represents more than a third of the electorate, Juntos won 39.81%, the Peronist coalition 38.53%. The Frente de Todos nevertheless described the performance as “a triumph”, having reduced the opposition’s gap from five points in the primaries to just one. The two forces will add 15 deputies to their respective blocs.
– TIME / AFP