Argentina heads to the ballot boxes on Sunday August 11th, in order to give a direction to the primary for the presidential election race in October, Reuters reports.
The voters have the choice between the two leading presidential candidates, current President, Mauricio Macri, and his main competitor, Alberto Fernandez. Argentina’s main political parties have already released their nominations, and the first round of primary elections, which is called PASO in Argentina, can be seen as a first indicator of what is voter sentiment and likely future direction.
The outcome of the elections is of huge importance to Argentina, which faces an ongoing economic crisis with 55% inflation.
The choice between Macri and Fernandez comes along with what different economic policies and measures that would be taken. With the re-election of President Macri, Argentina would continue to maintain austerity measures. Macri has negotiated cuts in public spending that amount to $57 billion with the International Monetary Fund in 2018.
His competitor, Fernandez, promises to change to more interventionist economic methods, and has among other policies, announced access to free medicines for retirees, and better salaries for workers.
Voters have ten presidential candidates to choose from, which makes the primaries a nationwide poll for voters of South America’s second-largest country, on who are the front-runners in a poll 80 days before the first round of the voting for president.