Argentina has a date for its general elections: it will be on October 22 | news today

Alberto Fernández in the opening session of the parliamentary year, in the National Congress in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Alberto Fernández in the opening session of the parliamentary year, in the National Congress in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Photo: EFE – Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Argentina will experience general elections on October 22, with an eventual presidential second round on November 19, after the National Electoral Chamber (CNE) approved the schedule on Thursday, which will include primaries on August 13.

This year’s national elections are intended to elect president and vice president, 43 Mercosur parliamentarians, 24 national senators -in the Buenos Aires, Formosa, Jujuy, La Rioja, Misiones, San Juan, San Luis and Santa Cruz districts- out of the 72 seats of the Senate and 130 national deputies from the 257 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

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The electoral tribunal also ordered that it be enabled on June 24 to present the lists of pre-candidates for the primary elections and on September 2 to comply with the presentations of lists of candidates proclaimed in the primaries.

In the official coalition, the Peronist Front of All, there is still no defined candidacy, not even the president, Alberto Fernández, has manifested himself on a possible re-election.

In addition, there is a ‘clamor’ operation for the vice president, Cristina Fernández, to run for a third term, after the two that were between 2007 and 2015; However, she said in December that she would not be a candidate, something that she later corrected to say that she is “outlawed” by Justice and her political enemies.

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In the main opposition coalition, Together for Change, to which former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) belongs, who has not yet confirmed whether he is going for another term, several candidates have launched their intentions to run, including the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

The candidacy of the libertarian Javier Milei, of the extreme right, rises whole, which reflects the disenchantment of the electorate with politics.

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Given the obligation to hold a debate in two instances between the presidential candidates, the CNE ordered that they take place on Sundays, October 1 and 8, and, in the event of a second electoral round, an additional one on Sunday, November 12.

The second electoral round is held when no formula obtains more than 45% of the votes or 40% of the votes with a difference greater than 10 percentage points over the formula that follows it in number of votes.

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