What’s at Stake in Argentina’s Midterm Elections?

Latin America Advisor

On August 25, Political Risk Specialists, Megan Cook and Heidi Lough from Cefeidas Group were published in the Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor.

Cook and Lough commented on Argentina’s upcoming elections and responded to the following questions:

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner had been widely expected to defeat Esteban Bullrich, the candidate of current President Mauricio Macri’s Cambiemos coalition in the country’s Aug. 13 primary election. However, Bullrich virtually tied Fernández in the Senate race. The results in the primary boosted Argentine stocks as investors saw the result as a strong showing for Macri’s coalition. What do the results of the primary portend for Argentina’s Oct. 22 legislative election? What’s at stake as voters choose a third of Argentina’s Senate and half of its lower house? What would Fernández’s election as a senator mean for corruption charges pending against her, and how will power dynamics in Argentina’s Congress affect Macri’s agenda?

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