Front for Victory Retains Majority

Nov. 1, 2013, 11:02 a.m.

Midterm elections to the Senate and Chamber of Deputies were held on October 27, 2013. At stake in the election were 24 seats in the Senate and 127 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

Given the nature of Argentina's federal political system, in which parties are largely locally based, reporting of nationwide electoral results can vary. According to the provisional results posted by the government of Argentina, the Front for Victory / Frente para la Victoria (FPV) won the most seats in both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies.

In the Senate election, the FPV won 11 seats with 1,608,666 votes (32.13 percent), and in the Chamber of Deputies the FPV and allied parties won 47 seats with 7,429,158 votes (34.47 percent). This result allows the party to retain control of both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, but falls short of giving it a constitutional majority in both chambers. As a result, it appears that the FPV will be unable to pass a constitutional amendment that would allow President Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER to run for a third term in 2015. In the Senate election, voter turnout was 77.05 percent, and in the Chamber of Deputies election, turnout was 71.7 percent.

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