2015 in review. Photo via diariobae.com

The presidential elections this year ended up being historic for many reasons: not only did they end the 12-year Kirchnerite mandate and Peronist stronghold on the country, but they involved the first ever ballotage, or second round, in Argentine electoral history. Lucky for voters, there were also a million other posts to vote for (mayors, governors, deputies, Parlasur representatives, etc. That’s a lot of ley secas for one year). We won’t go over everything, but here are some highlights:

  • On April 26th, Porteños voted in the PASO or primary elections for Buenos Aires City Mayor to determine which candidates would represent each party in the July 5th elections. The outcome saw Horacio Rodríguez Larreta represent the Republican Proposal (PRO) party — now-President Mauricio Macri’s party — Mariano Recalde represent the Victory Front (FpV) and Martín Lousteau represent the ECO party for the mayoral election.
  • On August 9th, Argentines voted in the PASO elections for the President of Argentina to determine which candidates would represent each party in the October 25th general elections. Not every party or coalition had to go through this process (for example, Cristina directly handpicked Daniel Scioli to lead the FpV, so there was no need for PASO elections), but ultimately, the following six candidates were the ones voted or chosen to battle it out on October 25th:
    • Victory Front (FpV): Daniel Scioli
    • Cambiemos: Mauricio Macri
    • A New Alernative (UNA): Sergio Massa
    • Progressives: Margarita Stolbizer
    • Workers’ Leftist Front: Nicolás del Caño
    • Federal Commitment: Adolfo Rodríguez Saá

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  • Elections in the provinces were held between April 26th and October 25th, and one in particular sticks in everyone’s minds: the gubernatorial election in Tucumán on August 23rd, which included burned ballot boxes, fraud accusations, clashes between protesters and police, etc. It was a mess that spurred members of the opposition to demand the electoral process be reformed.
  • On October 4th, all of the presidential candidates (or almost: all except Scioli) faced off in the first-ever presidential debate in Argentine electoral history. Many thought Massa performed the best.
  • On October 25th, Argentines voted for the next President of Argentina. Because none of the six candidates were able to obtain more than 40 percent of votes or surpass the runner-up by a 10-point margin, a historic ballotage or runoff election had to take place between FpV’s Daniel Scioli and Cambiemos’ Mauricio Macri.
  • On December 10th, Macri was officially inaugurated as President after an incredibly messy transfer of power, which included but was not limited to a fight over where the presidential staff should be handed off and the outgoing Kirchner administration refusing to surrender the Casa Rosada Twitter account password.
Get your boogie on with the Macri Daddy Dance. Photo via Taringa.
Get your boogie on with the Macri Daddy Dance. Photo via Taringa.

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