Skip to comments.Argentina Shifts To The Right
Posted on 11/01/2015 10:35:27 AM PST by OddLane
Last weekâs election in Argentina produced a result that few predicted. Mauricio Macri, the centerâright mayor of Buenos Aires, secured almost as many votes as the favorite, Daniel Scioli, the former powerboat racer and governor of the province of Buenos Aires. Scioli, the candidate for the incumbent Front for Victory (FPV) coalition, who the outgoing president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, had reluctantly endorsed, won 36.8 percent of the vote; Macriâs coalition, called âLetâs Change,â won 34.3 percent.
To avoid a second round vote, Argentinaâs constitution requires that one party receive more than 45 percent of the vote (or at least 40 percent with a ten-point lead over the runner-up). Neither achieved this feat, and so a run-off has been scheduled for November 22.
The run-off vote will be Argentinaâs first. The decisions of those who voted for the third placed candidate in the first round, Sergio Massa, who won 21 percent of the vote, will be crucial in determining the final result. Massa is part of the same broad ideological group as Scioli, known as Peronism, which is a mix of populism, social justice measures, and economic nationalism.
Massa was a former minister in Fernandez de Kirchnerâs government, but broke with her in 2013. In the first round, Massa divided the Peronists, and his voters may swing the run-off. He has refused to endorse any candidate, but in a television interview he rejected the possibility of voting for Scioli.
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What does “right” mean in Argentina? Crony nationalistic fascism as opposed to crony transnational fascism?
Nothing has shifted yet but here’s to hoping the good one wins the runoff.
“To avoid a second round vote, Argentina’s constitution requires that one party receive more than 45 percent of the vote (or at least 40 percent with a ten-point lead over the runner-up”
Shifting sounds better
than lurching, I think.
a shift away fro Maduro/Chaves....no big deal. Argentina is just barely a country anyway.
Nothing like a shortage of toilet paper to make you start thinking like an adult.
I watched a TV program about Argentina just a few days ago.
Seems they have more shrinks per capita than any other nation on earth..
I worked with several guys from there.
Shallow as a puddle in my driveway after a light rain..!
Well, there’s no way to stop the looting at the ballot box - just like here. :)
Argentina is just barely a country anyway.
I found it amusing when my Brazilian friends all thought the Argentines were dumb as a rock.
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