Argentines go to the polls on October 25 for what is shaping up to be one of the most important elections in years. Whoever wins—either this month or in a potential November 22 runoff—will end the twelve-year Kirchner era. The next president will have to deal with correcting the economic course, including lowering inflation levels that top 30 percent, bringing the country out of default, as well as strengthening institutions and improving overall governance. Who is most likely to take office on December 10 for the next four years?
The three main candidates include: Daniel Scioli, Buenos Aires Province Governor, from the Front for Victory (FPV); Mauricio Macri, Buenos Aires City Mayor, from the Republican Proposal (PRO); and Sergio Massa, lawyer and dissident Peronist, from the Renewal Front. The Kirchner legacy is most likely to continue if Scioli, currently the leading candidate, wins. Mauricio Macri, runner up in the mandatory, open, and simultaneous primaries in August, is viewed as more market-oriented and insists that he represents immediate change. Finally, Sergio Massa, former cabinet chief for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who has gained some momentum in recent weeks, would also bring about change but to a lesser degree than Macri.
Controversy has pervaded the election process, especially in the northern province of Tucumán, where votes were allegedly stolen in the August primaries in favor of the ruling party’s candidate. After a month of investigations, the Court ruled in favor of President Fernández de Kirchner’s faction, reversing a lower court’s decision that had previously annulled the results. The official candidate, Juan Manzur, was ratified as governor. Events like this have created skepticism about the validity of the electoral process.
The next president will have to deal with correcting the economic course (...)
as well as strengthening institutions and improving overall governance. Who is most likely to take office on December 10?