Latin America

In Argentina, Peronism humbled by shock primaries

Tough primaries were on the cards for President Fernández, but unprecedented defeat leaves him close to losing Congress

argentina midterm election August demonstration against the Alberto Fernández administration. The government was delivered a sound defeat in the primaries. Photo: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News
August demonstration against the Alberto Fernández administration. The government was delivered a sound defeat in the primaries. Photo: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News

Almost exactly two years ago, in Argentina’s 2019 presidential primaries, a landslide win by challenger Alberto Fernández over then-President Mauricio Macri anticipated a shock to the country’s politics and economics. Now, the same seems to have happened in the 2021 midterm primaries, albeit in the opposite direction.

The center-right Juntos opposition coalition won a resounding, momentum-changing political victory yesterday, winning in a record-high 16 out of 24 provinces, including the five most populated. It also took a commanding 40 percent of the nationwide vote, against a historically low 30 percent from the ruling center-left Peronist coalition.

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