More than 100,000 members of the Police and Armed Forces were deployed in Argentina in order to guarantee safety during the second round of elections. It looks like the two final candidates running for presidency are going to be Italians: Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macri.
Scioli, the Governor of the province of Buenos Aires since December 10, 2007 and re-elected in 2011 – from the Front for Victory, the same of the current president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – is of distant Italian origins. Scioli is 58-year-old and held also the position of vice president during Nestor Kirchner’s mandate – the deceased husband of the current president of Argentina – and was also deputy and secretary for Sports and Tourism. He had run for presidency with the Front of the Nation and in August won the primaries with about 38% of the votes.
Mauricio Macri, the son of a farmer who arrived in Argentina in 1949, is of Italian origins as well. Macri is the Head of Government and the opposition’s candidate (Cambiemos ‘‘Let’s Change’’). At the beginning of 2003, he founded the party Compromise for Change, whereas in 2005 he created the electoral alliance Republican Proposal together with Ricardo Lopez Murphy, chairman of the party Recreate to Grow. He was elected member of parliament and in 2006 combined his activity at the national Congress with that of president of Boca Juniors.
After the first round on October 25, voters will choose between the government candidate Daniel Scioli (Front for Victory) and his rival from the coalition of the liberal right, Mauricio Macri (Cambiemos), both of whom are of Italian origins. The new president will put an end to a 12-year-long era in which ruled the Kirchner family, after the two mandates of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, successor to her husband Nestor Kirchner, who died in 2010 and was president between 2003 and 2007. By law, Cristina Kirchner was unable to run for the third consecutive mandate.
Last Thursday, Scioli and Macri closed their electoral campaigns for the second round, with speeches held in different areas of the country. The 58-year-old candidate from the Front for Victory is presented as a “worker from among the people” and describes his opponent as a “swollen-head from Barrio Parque“, an exclusive area of Buenos Aires.