[Marxism] Argentina: The Left and Workers’ Front with another strong electoral showing

Celeste Murillo celeste.murillo at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 15:16:01 MDT 2015


After coming in third place in Mendoza the previous weekend, the Left and
Workers’ Front finished in fourth place in Sunday's primary elections in
Buenos Aires City and won two provincial legislator seats in the province
of Neuquen. Zanon ceramics worker, Raul Godoy, was elected for the second
time to the Neuquen Legislature.

Buenos Aires held its primary elections Sunday, while in Neuquen, which
does not have primaries, yesterday’s results were final.

Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri’s PRO party (center-right) won 47.34
percent of the votes (Horacio Rodriguez Larreta was elected as Mayor
candidate); The ECO party (center-right) achieved second place with 22.26
percent (choosing Martin Lousteau); Frente para la Victoria (the party of
President Cristina Kirchner) came in third place with 18.72 percent of the
votes (Martin Recalde was the winning candidate). The Left and Workers’
Front came in fourth place and was the only left slate that will reach the
general election.

*​​The Left and Workers’ Front will be the left alternative in July’s
general election*

The slate headed by candidate for Mayor, Myriam Bregman, a human rights
lawyer representing the workers of Zanon and Madygraf (both occupied
factories) and a militant of the Socialist Workers Party (PTS), won 2.30
percent of the votes (the established minimum is 1.5 percent; any candidate
below that percentage won’t move on to the general elections). The fifth
election ballot will be the one headed by Luis Zamora, an independent
candidate from Autodeterminación y Libertad (a coalition organized
exclusively for elections).

Sunday night, the Left and Workers’ Front addressed the press at the Bauen
Hotel (occupied and run by its workers), a few blocks from Congress, and
later they spoke to militants, activists and supporters gathering in front
of the hotel. Myriam Bregman shared the press conference with Marcelo Ramal
from the Workers Party (PO) and Patricio del Corro from the PTS, both
candidates for legislator. Bregman noted that the Left and Workers’ Front
wasn’t a local movement, but a national political force: “We are a national
political force; we will have two legislators in Neuquen, where Raul Godoy
from the Zanon factory has been elected again. We have also achieved great
results in Mendoza and Salta; we came in third place in the governor’s
races in both provinces’ ” Also, national Congressman Nicolas Del Caño came
in second place in Mendoza City’s primary election for city Mayor.

Compared to its 2011 results, last Sunday’s election has showed a step
forward for the Left and Workers’ Front. In July of 2011, the left
coalition reached just 0.78 percent for Mayor and 1.01 percent for City
legislators. This year, the Left and Workers’ Front received three times
that figure for Mayor, and doubled its previous number of votes for

*​​Neuquen: new left and workers’ deputies*

Elections in Neuquen came after the eruption of the Calbuco volcano in
Chile last week. All of Patagonia, including the province of Neuquen, has
been greatly affected. The current administration party (MPN, right-wing)
got 37 percent of the votes. In second place was for Frente para la
Victoria (Kirchnerist party).

The Left and Workers’ Front had a strong showing in both the governor’s
race (3.4 percent) and legislator’s race (4.7 percent), earning two seats
in the legislature. Thanks to this electoral success, Left and Workers’
Front will have now two provincial deputies: Raul Godoy, Zanon worker and
PTS militant, and Patricia Jure from the PO.

*​​Left and Workers’ Front grows as the Left alternative*

After coming in third place in Mendoza’s governor race the previous
weekend, Left and Workers’ Front ended in fourth place in Buenos Aires City
primary elections and got two provincial deputies in Neuquen. Zanon
ceramics’ worker, Raul Godoy, got elected for the second time in Neuquen’s
Legislature. Now, the left coalition prepares to get a wider support for
the future local general elections in several provinces, and in
presidential elections in August and October.

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