With the calendar for the 2023 general elections made official, the main political alliances are trying to align their planets for the open, simultaneous and mandatory primaries (PASO) in August. The electoral timer started and the country will have to elect a president and vice president, as well as senators, national deputies and parliamentarians from Mercosur.

In a decree published in the Official Gazette, the Executive called the open primaries, PASO for the August 13; while the general elections will be held on October 22. In the event of a possible second round, this would take place on November 19th.

In these elections, the ruling party will measure its forces with the main opposition coalition, Together for Change (JxC), to which the former president belongs Mauricio Macri and what has Horacio Rodriguez Larretamayor of Buenos Aires, and Patricia Bullrich, former Minister of Security, as the main applicants. For now, the UCR, a partner of the opposition front, maintains the governor of Jujuy as the strongest candidate, Gerardo Moralesand the leader of the Civic Coalition, Elisa “Lilita” Carriócontinues with his application in the window.

Within the Frente de Todos, the candidacies are less clear: the president, Alberto Fernandez, ruled out running for re-election; the vice president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, maintains her intention not to compete after being sentenced to six years for corruption; and the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, has not yet made any announcement in this regard. The Chief of Cabinet, Augustine Rossi; the interior minister, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedroand the social leader John Grabois. AND it is not clear if the governors will nominate someone.

This electoral struggle will have a third weight candidate, the ultra-liberal economist javier mileiowner of a discourse that channels part of the social discontent with the traditional political class and the long economic crisis.

A PRO summit to show unity

Former President Mauricio Macri was the axis of the PRO summit, where it was agreed to tone down the inmate. Rodríguez Larreta’s decision to use the single electronic ballot in the City elections had raised the temperature. A sector complained after considering that this voting system could favor the radical candidate in the Buenos Aires contest, the national senator Martin Lousteau.

Macri sought to give an image of unity and as the leader of a party that already feels once again within the Casa Rosada. The summit was held this Friday, at the San Isidro house of the former Minister of Labor during the Macri government, Jorge Triaca.

Larreta and Bullrich, the main opponents of the PRO, held a protocol dialogue. The former governor of Buenos Aires Mary Eugenia Vidalwho continues to maintain that she is a presidential candidate, despite the rumors that place her disputing the Buenos Aires Head of Government, was also in the photo together with Diego Santilli, Christian Ritondo,Fernando de Andreis and Federico Angelininew head of the party.

In the City of Buenos Aires, precisely the place that has generated internal disputes in recent times, the yellow party has three candidates: Jorge Macri (Government Minister); Fernan Quiros (Minister of Health) and Soledad Acuna(Minister of education). Macri primo is Bullrich’s candidate and Quirós the candidate supported by Larreta, while it is speculated that Soledad Acuna could integrate some formula as a candidate for deputy head of government.

“We are united by 20 years of work, effort and commitment to our country. The future unites us. We are going to recover Argentina, as a team”Vidal expressed in his social networks.

The national deputy Cristian Ritondo, one of the spokesmen for the meeting, said that “What was discussed was the meeting on Tuesday, to have a common program, which occupied 80% of the meeting”. And he clarified that he did not talk about Milei, but about having a meeting with Jose Luis Espert. “We have to be concerned about the Argentina that will have to govern from December 10”he added.

Follow the operative outcry for CFK to be a candidate

With various interpretations of the political future of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner After the speech given on Thursday at the Teatro Argentino de La Plata, the different sectors within the FdT agreed to consider the vice president as “the main computer of the inmate” of the pro-government coalition when defining an electoral strategy and candidacies.

The national senator for Neuquén, Oscar ParrilliI think that “80 percent” of their political space “He wants Cristina to be a candidate”and fired a shot from elevation to what they call “the Judicial Party”: “Today the reality is that we have to be clear that it is banned because we have a mutilated democracy”.

He also threw a cloak of suspicion over the judicial situation of the vice president by explaining that “It would not be strange that they expect Cristina to be a candidate to revive other legal cases and that this is discussed and not a program”.

During the act on Thursday, the vice president practically opened her speech by saying her already characteristic “don’t make the curls”, distancing himself from a possible presidential candidacy. And so that there were no doubts, he repeated on several occasions: “No, President, no”. But the strongest phrase seems to be the one he answered when someone yelled “Cristina President” from the audience: “I already lived, I already gave what I had to give”.

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