Elections 2021: The alliances that will compete in the primaries have been made official and the dispute continues as to who will represent each space
15 julio 2021

On July 14, the alliances that will run in the PASO to be held on September 12 and the legislative elections on November 14 were defined. The main coalitions are Frente de Todos and Juntos por el Cambio, which will have ten days to finalize the lists.

Although yesterday was the deadline to register the parties and alliances that will compete in the PASO, the Electoral Chamber is still in the process of reviewing the documents submitted by the political groups. They have until next week to inform about the integration and regulations of the different provincial electoral boards.

It should be noted that only those parties or alliances that have registered in this instance will be able to participate in the primary elections. Then, in order to compete in the general elections of November 14, they must have obtained at least 1.5 percent of the votes in the PASO.

Personal names

The registration of the alliances implies the authorization of the spaces to compete in the PASO, however, who will be the candidates in each force and in each province will only be made official on July 24. Until then, the different alliances will continue negotiating who will represent them in the primaries.

Autonomous City of Buenos Aires

Juntos por el Cambio registered 14 political parties in its alliance. Among them are PRO, Unión Cívica Radical, Coalición Cívica, Confianza Pública, Partido Socialista, Republicanos Unidos, Partido Demócrata, Demócrata Cristiano, Demócrata Progresista, Partido De Las Ciudades en Acción, Partido Nacionalista Constitucional (UNIR), UCEDE, FE and GEN. It is expected that the alliance will have at least one internal contest in which the former governor of Buenos Aires, María Eugenia Vidal, accompanied by journalist Martín Tetaz, will compete against economist Ricardo López Murphy.

On the other hand, Frente de Todos (FDT) presented its minutes with an electoral agreement that adds three new spaces. Thus, it is composed of: Partido Justicialista (PJ); Frente Renovador; Partido de la Victoria; Nueva Dirigencia; Intransigente; Red Por Buenos Aires; Kolina; Partido Comunista; Compromiso Federal; Partido del Trabajo y del Pueblo; Partido Nuevo Encuentro por la Democracia y la Equidad; Partido Solidario; Partido de la Concertación F.O.R.J.A.; Seamos Libres; Patria Grande; Partido Pueblo en Marcha; Partido Izquierda Popular; Partido del Trabajo y la Equidad PARTE; Partido Avancemos por el Progreso Social; Frente Grande; Partido Somos and Partido Identidad.  Among the outstanding incorporations of FDT, the incorporation of economist Matías Tombolini, current vice-president of Banco Nación, stands out.

The list would be headed by Buenos Aires legislator and presidential advisor Leandro Santoro, who would be accompanied by Congresswomen Gabriela Cerruti and Gisela Marziotta, and Congressman Carlos Heller.

Province of Buenos Aires

In Juntos por el Cambio negotiations are still going on to define whether there will be internal elections or whether a unity list will be achieved. In this sense, the doctor Facundo Manes, who would be supported by the former president of the Chamber of Deputies Emilio Monzó, and the current vice-chairman of the Buenos Aires government, Diego Santilli, who would be supported by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, have pretensions to compete.

The incorporation of Monzó in this debate is key. A sector of Juntos por el Cambio (linked to PRO) resisted his presence in the alliance due to the fact that, in the Buenos Aires Legislature, legislators aligned to Monzó decided to form their own block. They questioned that this decision weakened the opposition. On the other hand, the mayors of Juntos por el Cambio do not feel comfortable with giving relevance to Monzó. Many of them will not have the possibility of being reelected in their municipalities in 2023 and aspire to compete for the governorship of the province. In that scenario Monzó could be a direct competitor.

Another key incorporation in the assembly of Juntos por el Cambio is the GEN party, whose main referent is the former Deputy Margarita Stolbizer. Although her candidacy has not yet been confirmed (or the district she will run for), it is expected that she will be part of Manes’ ticket.

On the other hand, Frente de Todos is moving forward with the closing of its lists in a more hermetic way. The nominations will be defined between the Governor Axel Kiciloff; the Deputy Máximo Kirchner; the President of the Chamber of Deputies Sergio Massa and the Minister of the Interior Eduardo De Pedro. Among the names at the top of the lists is that of the councilor of La Plata Victoria Tolosa Paz (close to Alberto Fernández), who would be accompanied by the mayor of Lomas de Zamora Martín Insaurralde with the support of the PJ party of the province and the mayors of the ruling party and the director of the PAMI Luana Volnovich (a referent of La Cámpora).

Other alliances

Among the alliances outside these two large coalitions is Frente Vamos con Vos, led by former Minister of the Interior Florencio Randazzo. This space includes Demócrata Cristiano, Celeste y Blanco, Libres del Sur, Socialista, Tercera Posición. According to him, his alliance has the support of former Minister of Economy Roberto Lavagna, former Governor of Salta Juan Manuel Urtubey and Deputy Graciela Camaño. One of the figures who lost this space is Tombolini, who became part of Frente de Todos (Front of All).

On the other hand, Frente de Izquierda (FIT) registered with an alliance that brings together most of the leftist spaces. It was formed by Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (PTS), Partido Obrero (PO), Izquierda Socialista (IS) and Movimiento Socialista de los Trabajadores (MST). The news about this space is that they will not add the historical referent of Partido Obrero Jorge Altamira, who after internal discussions decided to set up an alternative space (Política Obrera). The objective of FIT is to consolidate itself as the third national force after Frente de Todos and Juntos por el Cambio.

Finally, José Luis Espert will run as candidate for national deputy in the province of Buenos Aires for the Avanza Libertad front.

Outstanding case

In Mendoza, Deputy José Luis Ramón, current head of the inter-bloc Unidad Federal para el Desarrollo, informed that he will seek to renew his seat but within the list of Frente de Todos. As of this announcement, his Protectora block will be part of the ruling party’s alliance. In the last two years, Deputy Ramón has been one of the strategic allies of the ruling party in the Chamber of Deputies and has helped it in the approval of key laws.

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