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The battle for Congress: how much the Frente de Todos y Juntos is risking for Change in this election


The ruling party aspires to grow in Deputies, but a lot is at stake in the Senate. The opposition, in reverse.

Jasmine Bullorini

07/26/2021 9:40 AM

  • Clarí

  • Politics

Updated 07/26/2021 9:40 AM

It is the

power scheme of Congress

that is at


in these

2021 elections




, the Government will seek to add seats to get closer to the quorum, which would allow it to unblock projects that were stopped.

In the


- where

Cristina Kirchner's


already has its own majority - the challenge is

not subtract senators to sustain that superiority.

The goals of the opposition are exactly the reverse.

"We are 7 seats away from being Venezuela,"

the referents of

Together for Change

in the lower house

repeat like a mantra

, who want to prevent the

Frente de Todos from

winning legislators, while they are enthusiastic about adding their own in the upper house.

The roads in the middle, increasingly smoothed, ask for balance.

The bets on Deputies

In Deputies, where Sergio Massa presides, 127 of the 257 seats expire

. These are the legislators elected in 2017, when the yellow wave of Cambiemos was growing in the country. For this reason, Together for Change, is the bench that puts the most deputies into play:

60 of the 115 it has

. In districts such as the City of Buenos Aires, for example, they would not be able to renew all those who expire in office (10) because to do so they would have to get more than 60% of the votes.

The Frente de Todos, meanwhile, has a block of 119 legislators and renews 51. It would

need to support those places and

add 10 more legislators

to reach the magic number: the 129 deputies for the quorum and the majority itself.

Thus, they would not depend - as until now - on circumstantial allies.

Why does the opposition speak of 7 and not 10?

"Because three circumstantial allies are easy to get," they argue.

This caused that numerous projects that had a rapid advance in the Senate, were stranded in Deputies and unleashed the anger, in full session, of the ultra K

Oscar Parrilli


Among them, the Judicial Reform, the new law of the Public Prosecutor's Office, or the Bicameral to investigate the debt of the grain producer Vicentin.

But the proper majority in the lower house today seems too ambitious a project, only feasible if the Frente de Todos made a great election. 

If they repeated the 2019 numbers

(when with Alberto Fernández and Cristina pulling the ballot, the Front won with 48% of the votes, eight points apart from Together for Change) they

would far exceed that barrier


But the current economic and pandemic scenario means that not even the most optimistic leaders are encouraged to do so much and

no poll today predicts that advantage


Sergio Massa presides, at the beginning of July, a session to discuss the Biofuels and Monotax law.

Photo Federico López Claro.

“The important thing is to get as close as possible to the majority.

Today we need 11 allies to get a quorum (because Deputy

Ignacio de Mendiguren

, in charge of the IDB is on leave) and that gap is going to narrow.

It will make things much easier for us, "says an official leader.

In the search to expand, the FdT has already added former allies from the middle blocs to its ranks, such as the head of the Federal Unit and Equity Interblock,

José Luis Ramón

, his benchmate

Pablo Ansaloni

, and the head of the Federal Interblock,

Eduardo "Bali" Bucca


All three expire terms this year.

Ramón and Bucca will be candidates for provincial legislators this year.

Jorge Sarghini

The bets in the Senate

In the Senate it is another story.

24 of the 72 seats are renewed


a third of the House.

As the senators' mandates last six years, the three senators elected in 2015, from eight provinces:

Catamarca, La Pampa, Tucumán, Mendoza, Chubut, Córdoba, Corrientes and Santa Fe are



Frente de Todos

- which with

41 senators

exceeds the 37 necessary for a quorum and its own majority -

puts 15 at stake


Together for the Change

- with a block of


- he

renews 8 of his


plus the bank of his ally

of the Federal Interblock, the late Carlos Reutemann.


Catamarca, Tucumán and La Pampa

, the

ruling party hopes to replace

the six seats smoothly and in Mendoza to renew the minority bank, with

Anabel Fernández Sagasti

, Cristina's right hand in the upper house.

But the situation of the other provinces confronts them with the reality of losing seats.

In the ruling party they recognize it, but they

assure that they will maintain the 37 of the majority


Together for Change trusts in, in addition to preserving all their places,

adding at least two more senators

: one in Corrientes - where the radical

Gustavo Valdés


- and another in Chubut, where for political reasons, the three representatives of that province ended up being of the ruling party.

Cristina Kirchner presides over a session in the Senate at the end of June.

But in that province, the management of the Peronist

Mariano Arcioni

is so questioned that there are chances that the opposition will win.

In that case, the FdT would lose two seats there.

The key, then, will be the two central provinces: Córdoba and Santa Fe


In Córdoba it is discounted that Together for Change will win, but the minority bank is the main tension because Governor Schiaretti closed outside the Frente de Todos.

Will the ruling party Carlos Caserio manage to retain her or will the Cordovan front, which leads Alejandra Vigo, the governor's wife, win her place?

In Santa Fe, where the government puts two seats at stake, the election is also complicated because in addition to Juntos por el Cambio,

the Progressive Front

of the late former governor Miguel Lifschitz

carries a lot of weight


For the FdT to lose the majority,

the worst scenario

should occur

: losing in Chubut, Corrientes and Mendoza, but also not getting to sneak any senator in Córdoba or Santa Fe.

In their favor they

continue to have the monoblocks of the missionary Magdalena Solari Quintana and the Rio Negro, Alberto Weretilneck

, who do not expire their mandate and function as allies.

Open stage.

Source: clarin

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