Argentina postpones assembly elections due to Kovid-19’s lead

A man goes shopping in a supermarket in Buenos Aires in April 2019, when Mauricio Macri's government announced a package of measures to curb inflationary growth in the country Photo: AGUSTIN MARCARIAN / REUTERS

The Ministry of Internal Security said on Friday that the Argentine government – the Argentine government – announced a postponement of five weeks of legislative elections in conjunction with opposition parties. The decision also applies to party primaries, which were initially set for August.

In the vote, the center-left coalition Frante de Todos, which supports President Alberto Fernandez, is trying to defend its majority position in the Senate and its strong position in the House, in which it is the largest bloc.

“We managed to reach an agreement with various blocks [legislativos] To postpone this year’s elections, putting people’s health and lives first, “Interior Minister Enrique de Pedro said in a statement.

Mario Negri of the opposition coalition for a simultaneous revenge said the decision was awaited until more people were vaccinated.

There are 127 seats in dispute in the Chamber of Deputies out of a total of 257. In the Senate, there are 24 out of 72 in the House.

According to public opinion polls, the expectation is that the government will lose seats in the election, which should not reverse its majority, even in the Senate.

Legislative assembly elections will be held from 24 October to 14 November and the primary elections to be held will be held till 12 September instead of 8 August.

Argentina with a population of about 45 million people suffered sensitive situation In the fight against the epidemic with the increase in cases caused by the new version and the relaxation of restriction measures at the end of last year. In total, as of this Friday, there have been 3.1 million cases and 66,872 deaths in the country.

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So far, at least 8.95 million people have received a single dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine – about 16% of the population -, while 1.31 million have received two.

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