Argentine opposition leads in main districts, according to first data.
The electoral colleges of Argentina closed at 6:00 p.m. local time this Sunday, in which legislative elections were held to renew half of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies and a third of the seats in the Senate.
When projections indicate that his coalition of center-left Peronists lost a majority in the Senate and was left without control of Congress in the mid-term legislatures, Argentine President Alberto Fernández called for dialogue with the opposition.
“We must prioritize national agreements if we want to resolve the challenges that we face,” Fernández said this Sunday in a speech in which he asserted that “a responsible opposition open to dialogue is a patriotic opposition.”
The president called for a “fruitful cooperation, for the general interest of the country.”
The elections this Sunday, with a participation of more than 71%, partially renewed the chambers of deputies and senators, in which the center-right alliance Juntos advanced, of former president Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).
The Peronism of Fernández and Vice President Cristina Kirchner lost a majority in the Senate for the first time since the return to democracy in 1983, according to projections.
Some 34.3 million Argentines were called to elect 127 deputies -of 257 that make up the Lower House- for a four-year term, while in 8 provinces they will also have to vote to elect a total of 24 senators -of the 72 that make up the Upper House – for the next six years.
According to data from the National Electoral Chamber, at 5:00 p.m. 64.5% of the electoral roll had voted
After the closing of the polling stations, the Interior Minister, Eduardo de Pedro, told the media that the day “proceeded with total normality,” and pointed out that a voting percentage of around 71 to 72% is projected.
Election day passed normally and in good weather in most of the vast Argentine territory and a more flexible protocol was applied than in the primaries of last September, due to the advance in vaccination and the improvement of the epidemiological situation.
These mandatory legislative elections for voters aged 18 to 69 are the first faced by President Alberto Fernández since coming to power at the end of 2019. (I)