The Argentine Election: Explained

With the election soon approaching and political posters plastered all over town, I thought it wise to figure out what’s actually going on with Argentine politics. 

After citizens cast their ballots in a primary vote on August 11th, this Sunday (October 27th) will be the first round of voting for the next President and Vice-President of Argentina. The country will mainly be choosing between the current President, Mauricio Macri, and his challenger Alberto Fernández.

Mauricio Macri

Mauricio Macri is the current President of Argentina, and has been in office since 2015. He was the Chief of Buenos Aires government between 2007- 2015, and also became President of the infamous Boca Junios football club in 1995. In 2005 he founded the centre-right Republican Proposal Party (Propuesta Republicana.) His running partner is Senator Miguel Pichetto.

Alberto Fernández

Alberto Fernández is an Argentine Lawyer and Politician, having been chief of the Cabinet of Ministers between 2003-2008 under the centre-left presidency of Nestor Kirchner and retained the same position under Kirchner’s wife and successor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. He and Cristina are running together for the 2019 Presidential Election, Cristina for the Vice-President ticket.

October 27th will also see the re-election of nearly half the House and Senate chambers.

Whatever happens, Argentina’s next President will be under a lot of pressure to deliver to the Argentine people and the international players. On top of its issue of inflation with the peso having lost half its value against the US Dollar, the country has major debt payments due in 2020 and has to start paying back $56 billion to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2021. Argentina desperately needs to make successful economic reform in order to avoid another debt crisis, and it will be on the future Presidents shoulders to put these in place.

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