President Alberto Fernandez’s peronists have a chance to make up for the losses and keep the majority of the Chamber of Deputies. This is evidenced by the partial results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Argentina. The opposition won an overwhelming victory in the metropolis of Buenos Aires.
Sunday saw the first general election since Argentina was taken over in 2019 by the center-left Peronist government of President Alberto Fernandez, which is struggling with Latin America’s highest inflation rate of over 50% and unemployment, caused by the collapse of many areas of the Argentine economy.
71 percent of Argentineans out of more than 34 million voters took part in the elections. Voting was compulsory for all citizens aged 18-69. As a result, one-third of the Senate and half of the Chamber of Deputies will be renewed.
The partial results of the vote to the Argentine parliament, announced on Sunday night, confirm the results of the September primaries, as a result of which the peronists lost control of the Senate. However, contrary to polls, they have a chance of retaining the majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
Making up for losses
The ruling center-left coalition, led by President Alberto Fernandez, managed to partly recoup the losses it suffered in September in 18 out of 24 constituencies.
If, however, after counting 100 percent of the votes cast, these forecasts are not confirmed, for the first time in the history of this party, peronists will have to rule without having an advantage in the legislature.
Victory of the opposition in Buenos Aires
The opposition won an overwhelming victory in the Argentinean metropolis of Buenos Aires. Her candidate, former governor Maria Eugenia Vidal, won 47 percent of the vote and far-right candidate Javier Milei 17 percent, 4 percentage points less than in the September primaries.
Argentine TV commentators believe that the outcome of Sunday’s elections will ultimately be determined by the voting results that supporters of President Fernandez’s government will obtain in provincial districts, especially in the province of Buenos Aires and some other districts, where the differences between support for the right-wing liberal opposition and peronists seem to provide them minimal advantage.
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