Argentine Minister of Economy Axel Kicillof at the AS/COA event in Buenos Aires (photo courtesy of AS/COA).
Politicians from the governing party and opposition shared their views on the future of the country at an AS/COA conference in Buenos Aires.
By Élida Bustos
No party will win a majority in the Argentine Congress after next year’s election: this was the prediction of Argentine politicians, both from the governmening party and the opposition, who atended the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) 2014 Latin American Cities Conferences: Buenos Aires last month. The lack of a winning majority in 2015 will require intense negotiations among parties and forming of coalitions in order to achieve a functioning legislature.
“Whoever wins the presidency will have to be open to be open to a broader coalition government since no single party will get a majority in Congress”,said cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich in his speech before the event. “The results of the 2011 election, when the president’s party captured 55 percent of votes, will be impossible for any candidate in the first round”, he said.
Opposition Senator Ernesto Sanz, a possible presidential candidate next year from the Radical Civic Union party, agreed. “It is an objective and undeniable fact”, he said. “Therefore, it is mandatory we mend the Argentine political system of strong parties, and restore value to the word ‘accord’, which is a dirty word in Argentina as it sounds to us like ‘conspiracy.”
The event took place at the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, and was opened by Susan Segal, …
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