Published 21/04/2023 15:00 | Edited 4/21/2023 5:06 PM
The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, announced this Friday (21) that he will not run for re-election in the general elections that take place in October this year.
In a video posted on Twitter, Fernández said he would hand over his office on December 10, the date on which the country celebrates 40 years of democracy.
“Next December 10, 2023 is the exact day we celebrate 40 years of democracy. On that day I will deliver the presidential sash to whoever is legitimately elected at the polls by popular vote. I will work energetically to make it someone who represents our political space,” he said.
In the nearly eight-minute “My decision” statement, the 64-year-old president recalled his four years in office and said he never put “personal ambition ahead of collective needs,” he said. “As a Peronist militant, I always knew that the Homeland comes first, then the movement and lastly men. So I’m going to stick to that scale of priorities,” he continued.
Fernández also emphasized that the primary elections are the vehicle for society to select the best front representatives for the next general elections.
“I pass [sigla referente às eleições primárias na Argentina] they are the vehicle for society to select the best men and women from our front that best represent us in the next general elections. As president of the Justicialist Party, I will guarantee that all those who feel trained to face this challenge can do so”, he said.
“We need to generate a new virtuous cycle in which others are empowered to win back the hearts of those who continue to see us as the space that ensures that the right does not return to bring us its nightmare and its darkness,” continued the president.
Fernández’s announcement came amid the worsening Argentine economic crisis. According to him, “the economic context obliges me to dedicate all my efforts to dealing with the difficult times that Argentina is going through. As I said recently, after the homeland comes the movement”.
He also said that the last few years have not been “easy” and acknowledged that his government has not fulfilled “everything it promised”.
On the eve (20), the blue dollar – one of the quotations used by the population – broke a new record, having reached 432 pesos, the highest quotation in history. In March, inflation reached 104.3% a year, the highest level in 30 years.
Fernández had already been the country’s chief of staff between 2003 and 2008 and deputy to Cristina Kirchner, the current vice president of Argentina. The governing coalition, the Frente de Todos, has not yet defined its presidential pre-candidates and there are doubts whether Cristina Kirchner will be a candidate. As disclosed by g1the Justicialist Party should meet this Friday afternoon (21) to discuss the matter.
Presidential elections in Argentina are scheduled for October 22, with the open, simultaneous, and mandatory (PASO) primaries scheduled for August 13. If necessary, the second round of elections will be held on November 19.
with agency information