Argentina is far from being a two-party political system. As election time draws closer, parties you had no idea existed spring like mushrooms, trying to scratch some votes or a public office from the giants who compete for the big prizes. These are the nine options voters will have when they head to the polls to vote in the midterms’ primaries in August in Buenos Aires City.
Vamos Juntos (Cambiemos): The Macri administration’s party won’t have the Radical Party (UCR) in its coalition after Cambiemos’ leadership refused to let former Ambassador to the US Martín Lousteau compete in a primary against who will lead the Deputies’ ticket, Elisa “Lilita” Carrió. The party is expected to win the elections by a large margin, considering the large support it has historically had in the City and Carrió’s popularity.
1Pais: Economist Matías Tombolini will lead the ticket of the party created by Sergio Massa. He will be up for a challenge, as the party is far from enjoying the same popularity it has at the other side of the General Paz highway. In fact, its candidate in 2015’s Mayoral elections, Guillermo Nielsen, didn’t even get the 1.5 percent of the votes necessary in the primary that would have allowed him to compete in the general election.
Unidad Porteña (FPV/PJ): in contrast with the division reigning in the province, Kirchnerism and more traditional Peronism will compete in a primary in Buenos Aires City. Daniel Filmus, Itai Hagman and former Domestic Trade Secretary during the last Kirchner administration, Guillermo Moreno will be competing to lead the deputies’ ticket. The FpV has historically lost in the City against the PRO — now Vamos Juntos — so their expectations are not all that high.
Evolución Ciudadana: as was the case in 2015’s Mayoral elections, former Ambassador to the US Martín Lousteau will compete against the PRO (Vamos Juntos) for the support of Porteños who have historically not voted for Peronist candidates. However, as explained above, he’s not doing this voluntarily this time around. His decision to resign from his post and compete in the elections did not go down well with many potential voters, and is set to face an uphill battle in October.
FIT (Frente de Izquierda y de los Trabajadores): Their main proposal is to have “every legislator, public official, or judge earn the same (salary) as a specialized skilled worker or a teacher”. That’s why FIT Deputy Nicolás del Caño donates the better part of his salary and keeps the amount that a public teacher earns.
Their head Deputy is Marcelo Ramal who claims “the FIT wants to transform the country, not put a band-aid on Macri’s austerity measures”.
Izquierda al Frente: Tends to fall under the shadow of the FIT. The party’s leading deputy is Alejandro Bodart.
Sur en Marcha (Proyecto Sur): The party is a merger of the political fronts Proyecto Sur, Pueblo en Marcha and the Partido Social. Leading the list of candidates for national deputies will be, environmental lawyer, Enrique Viale.
Convocatoria Abierta por Buenos Aires (CAXBA): Despite the party’s involvement with the political front Unidad Popular, there’s nothing particular popular about CAXBA. Their head deputy is Claudio Lozano.
Partido Humanista: “Your search – Partido Humanista – did not match any documents” –Google Results. However, we figured out the party’s head Deputy, Pablo Baqué.