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ARGENTINA APPROVES MACRI’S ADMINISTRATION WITH A STRONG SUPPORT IN THE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

Buenos Aires / The president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, won a strong support for his administration in the legislative elections, being the ruling front “Cambiemos” the force that, increased the number of votes in the most important districts of the country, according to provisional ballot.

If the count is ratified, a strong decline in Peronism and the rise of the conservative bloc that led Macri to the head of state in December 2015 will be confirmed, which will consolidate as the first force of the Chamber of Deputies on December 10, with 107 seats of 257 totals, 21 more than before, according to the first data.

Likewise, although in none of the chambers the government will have an absolute majority, the Senate will also increase its presence with nine more seats, and will have 24 of the total 72.

“We confirm our deep and serious commitment to change,” Macri told hundreds of supporters in Buenos Aires after learning that “Cambiemos” was placed first not only in the coveted province of Buenos Aires – the country’s most populous district -, but also in areas such as Cordoba, Santa Fe, Mendoza, Salta and in the same federal capital.

Precisely this last one represents the strongest triumph by Macri, whose first candidate to deputy, Elisa ‘Lilita’ Carrió, swept to take the 50,93% of the votes.

If, on the one hand, the endorsement of citizenship is confirmed to the Executive, who in his two years of office has resisted strong criticism of his economic policy and numerous street demonstrations against him, Peronism, which was strongly divided marked a sharp decline in power.

Although in provinces hitherto ‘granary’ of votes in the historical force, like Santa Cruz, birthplace of the Kirchnerist Peronism and La Rioja, “Cambiemos” obtained an important triumph, the movement born in the mid-twentieth century around then-President Juan Domingo Perón was able to retain support as the first force in traditional fiefdoms, such as the province of San Luis.

Cristina Fernández

Thus, in its Kirchnerist wing, the list that led the ex- president Cristina Fernandez (2007-2015), candidate for the Senate by the province of Buenos Aires, finally could not surpass the one of the candidate of “Cambiemos”, the former minister for Education Esteban Bullrich, although the numbers assure the widow of ex-president Néstor Kirchner a bank in the Upper House.

In her speech after the scrutiny was heard, the former head of state, whose parliamentary powers will allow her to arm herself before the numerous court cases that affect her, described the force that leads, Unidad Ciudadana, as “the strongest opposition” to the Macri government, which he defined as “the most enormous and unprecedented concentration of power that can be remembered since the restoration of democracy.”

About 33.1 million Argentines were called to vote in these legislative, the first for Macri in the Presidency, reason why they had become a kind of plebiscite of their almost two years of government.

In the elections, 127 national deputies – half the Chamber – were elected for the period 2017-2021, as well as 24 senators – a third of the total seats – from eight of the provinces, for the next six years.

In addition, in several regions new members were elected for their parliamentary Chambers.

“Everything indicates that ‘Cambiemos’ has made a very good choice … congratulations,” said Florencio Randazzo, the Senate’s top candidate for the historic Justicialista Party (Peronist), while acknowledging that Peronism has had “unfavorable results”, which forces “more self-criticism”.

Who was not the first choice of voters, in this case in his native province, La Rioja, was the ex-president Carlos Menem (1989-1999), 87, who although he was below the candidates of the ruling party managed to renovate his bank in the Senate, which he has held since 2005.

In the symbolic province of Buenos Aires, where three seats in the Senate were at stake – two for the most voted list and one for the second – to “Cambiemos” and Unidad Ciudadana are followed by the list of the center-left front 1País (11.32%), led by Sergio Massa, and the Peronist Front Justicialista (5.31%), with Randazzo in the first place, who did not get a seat.

In this context, and with today’s results, Macri achieved a perfect place for the race for presidential re-election: 2019 is the next stop. (October 23, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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el partido de Macri estuvo a punto de ganar las elecciones legislativas.
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el partido de Macri ha obtenido un resultado muy bueno en estas elecciones.
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el partido de Macri se ha dado un batacazo en las últimas elecciones.
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Según los votos que se han contado...
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el peronismo es cada vez más fuerte en Argentina.
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el partido de Macri está obteniendo cada vez menos votos.
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el peronismo estaría perdiendo fuerza en Argentina.
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El partido de Macri obtuvo muy buenos resultados en las principales ciudades del país.
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Falso.
B
No se sabe.
C
Verdadero.
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Según el texto, el partido de Macri logró mayoría absoluta en todas las Cámaras.
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Falso.
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No se sabe.
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Verdadero.
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Cristina Fernández aseveró...
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que su partido es el que hará una dura oposición a Macri.
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que su partido está negociando con el Gobierno de Macri.
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que su partido no hará una dura oposición a Macri.
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Según el texto, el nuevo presidente de Argentina...
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ya ha sido elegido en estas elecciones.
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será elegido dentro de dos años.
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será elegido el año que viene.
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