September 12 Primary elections coming up. You can vote with your DNI.

FrankPintor

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I think it would be a good idea if someone (with good knowledge of Argentine elections) state the electoral program of every political party impartially and briefly so that the new naturalized Argentines vote for the one that seems convincing to them.
That would be an excellent idea, the more so because as far as I can see, not even the candidates are able to enunciate their parties' electoral programs. All I see in the media is "plaforming" of favourite candidates, soundbites, mudslinging and the like. Do they even have party conferences here to vote on electoral programs?
 

Alfred_Arnold

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I think it would be a good idea if someone (with good knowledge of Argentine elections) state the electoral program of every political party impartially and briefly so that the new naturalized Argentines vote for the one that seems convincing to them.
I think this is a terrible idea. If one doesn't/can't watch the yellow journalism and red-in-the-face youtubers, or flip on the AM radio somewhat regularly, one should not cast an uninformed vote.

BUT..sure..i'll take a stab.

Global standard Left under banner of Peronism = FDT, found on C5N
Light and weak and fake Centrist/payola opposition = JxC, found on TN
Libertarian Right, new and rising = PL, found on Youtube
everyone else = spoilers
 

antipodean

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The biggest mistake foreigners tend to make is simplifying Argentine politics to left/ "democrat" = Peronist / FdT and right/ "republican" = JxC.
Nor is Peronism either "left" or "right wing", it is simply a nationalist and populist movement with a cult of personality that has various factions, economic or social persuasions but always with a focus on the state playing a central role in all parts of society. Like anything in Argentina, "it's complicated".

Both of the main political blocs are in-fact coalitions that consist of both "conservative" and "progressive" factions - for example, the Socialist Party of Argentina is often part of JxC via another party, as well as other "left wing" movements such as GEN and UCR alongside "conservative" or "centrist" parties such as PRO or Union Popular.

Here are some links to some of the parties that make up up these blocs that voters may encounter so you can consult their manifestos and make up your mind depending on whose marketing appeals to you more. Note that many of them have local spin-offs for election of provincial officials and some parties seem to have their feet in various factions like Republicanos Unidos or the Socialist Party.

Frente x Todos
JxC
Frente de Izquierda
Alianza Libertad (Provincia BAs only)
Partido Libertario (CABA only)
You may then want to google the candidate that ticks your box to find out what, if any, life they have had outside of politics and what kind of corruption scandals they have been implicated in before finally making up your mind... this may give you a hint of what you are actually voting for and why politics is big business in Argentina.
 
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Pianosteve

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I know I'm getting old when all this seems to be going over my head. What are the Primary elections as opposed to the General Election?
 

MilHojas

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Argentines take to the polls on September 12 in a PASO primary vote that will measure the political strength of the federal Peronist government and the opposition ahead of midterm elections on November 14.
 

Pianosteve

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To paraphrase Douglas Adams: if ever anyone discovers exactly where the power lies and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
That's very clever, but for neophytes like myself a rudimentary knowledge of the political system would be welcomed.
 
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