Argentina heads to polls in midterm elections

Buenos Aires, Nov 14 (EFE).- Argentines Sunday began voting in the midterm parliamentary elections that could see President’s Alberto Fernandez Frente de Todos (Everyone’s Front) coalition lose control in the Senate.

Some 34.3 million people are eligible to vote for 127 of the 257 seats in the Chamber of Deputies for a four-year term and 24 of the 72 seats in the Senate for the next six years.

The Frente de Todos risks losing its Senate majority, as well as seats in the Chamber of Deputies and even get below the opposition Juntos por el Cambio (Together for Change).

Results, which is set to determine the balance of power in the parliament, are not expected before 9:30 pm local time (0.30 GMT).

In September, Juntos por el Cambio obtained more than 40% of the votes throughout the country in primaries, while the Frente de Todos reaped just over 30 percent.

In those primaries, the ruling party lost support in almost all districts, including the province of Buenos Aires, its main electoral stronghold.

Argentina has been grabbling with a severe economic crisis for several years, worsened by the coronavirus pandemic that left more than 116,000 deaths in South American country.

The inflation rate in Argentina is over 50%, one of the highest inflation rates in the world.EFE


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