Argentina begins voting on Lithomas exam for peronists

People line up outside the polling place before voting in the first legislative election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 12, 2021. REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian

September 12, 2021

Nicholas Miscurin and Jorge Otaora

Buenos Aires (Reuters)-Argentina lined up on Sunday to vote in the midterm primary, which represents President Alberto Fernandez’s central left peronist government’s Lithomas exam, as COVID-19’s pandemic and rising poverty are waning.

Polling stations across South America open at 8 am (Greenwich Mean Time 1100), close at 6 pm, and exit polls are conducted before official results begin around 11 pm. Pollsters expect the ruling party to suffer some losses.

With most candidates already in place, the vote was effectively a large vote prior to the mid-term vote on November 14, with 127 members of the House of Representatives taking 127 out of a total of 257 seats. To do. 72 in the Senate.

“The balance of power could be redefined,” said Shila Vilker, director of pollster Trespuntozero, adding that a major conservative opposition, Together for Change, was knocking on the door. “The president needs to have a good show.”

Pre-election polls show a threat to the majority of the Senate’s ruling party and dominate the largest block in the House of Representatives.

Many voters feel disappointed with the major political parties. Despite recent signs of economic recovery and a decline in coronavirus cases, the prolonged recession, rapid inflation and the poverty rate rising to 42% have undermined public support for the government.

“There is great dissatisfaction among the people,” said Patricia Coscarello, a 52-year-old manager in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, after the vote. “Apart from the pandemic, the economic situation is complex and salaries are declining.”

Vaccine deployment

President Fernandez points out the deployment of vaccines that have emerged from the recession earlier this year after a population of the same size, reaching more than 46 million jabs, declining daily COVID-19 cases, and a sharp drop in 2020. I can.

“There are many things that need to be improved, but the previously governed Together for Change has made everything worse,” said Griselda Picone, 60, a housewife in the capital. She was voting for the ruling party despite concerns.

“It seems to me that the economic treatment during the pandemic was actually good.”

The country’s clever financial markets, which collapsed after Fernandez’s landslide victory in the 2019 primary, could rise if Sunday’s vote opposes the ruling party.

The logic is that stronger opposition will soften the more radical wings of the peronist. They sometimes clashed with investors, the strong agricultural sector, and the International Monetary Fund, which is negotiating debt transactions with the government.

36-year-old lawyer Ana Pertusati and others were pessimistic about the prospects for improvement.

“Most people don’t even know the main candidates when you ask around,” she said while waiting in line to vote. “No matter who wins, it seems to be of little use to make a real positive change for people.”

(Report by Nicolas Misculin and Jorge Otaola, additional report by Agustin Geist, edited by Adam Jordan and Cynthia Osterman)

Argentina begins voting on Lithomas exam for peronists

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