The deadline for presenting the list of pre-candidates for the Presidency of Argentina ended at 11:59 pm this Saturday (24) with the confirmation of the names that intend to run in this year’s general elections. The Argentine population goes to the polls on October 22 for the first round vote.

Before, however, the electorate must participate in the Simultaneous and Obligatory Open Previews (Paso), in which all coalitions will have to define their presidential candidates. Primary elections are scheduled for August 13.

In total, ten political fronts will compete in the primaries, with the main opponents representing the Union for the Homeland and Together for Change coalitions.

On Friday night (23), the União pela Pátria front had made official the name of the current Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, as a single candidacy. Hours before the closing of the list, however, the lawyer and popular activist Juan Grabois announced that he will also be a candidate. According to the local press, Gabrois has no chance of bothering Massa.

The lack of definition regarding the name of the government lasted until the eve of the closing of the lists. On Thursday (22), the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, and the Argentine ambassador in Brazil, Daniel Scioli, had announced their pre-candidacies for the União pela Pátria coalition, but gave up the internal dispute after intense negotiation. Massa will have President Alberto Fernández’s chief of staff, Augustín Rossi, as his vice-presidential candidate.

On the opposition side, the Together for Change coalition will have an internal dispute between the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Larreta, and the former Minister of Security of former President Mauricio Macri, Patricia Bullrich.

Larreta will have as deputy the governor of Jujuy, Gerardo Morales. The province in the north of the country is experiencing a wave of protests triggered by the reform of the Constitution. The repression of the demonstrations has already left more than a hundred people injured.

Federal deputy Javier Milei will be the candidate for the Freedom Advances coalition. The far-right parliamentarian is a defender of an ultraliberal agenda and has placed himself on the political scene as a third way.

*With information from Página 12 and Clarin

Edition: Glauco Faria


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