Friday
July 3, 2015

Buenos Aires City Security Minister Guillermo Montenegro today assured the electronic ballot system to be put to test in Sunday elections “is a qualitative leap forward as well as a political debt that will speedy up the vote counting process.”

The electoral curfew has begun since 8 am today ahead of Sunday’s elections in Buenos Aires City, the provinces of Córdoba, La Rioja and the PASO primaries in La Pampa.

By Luciana Bertoia
A federal judge yesterday dealt a blow to the law covering the appointment of substitute judges passed two weeks ago by the ruling Victory Front (FpV) and put the Buenos Aires province electoral court right in the middle of the controversy between the opposition and the national government.

Máximo Kirchner made an appearance last night in the framework of his campaign to represent Santa Cruz province in the Lower House of Congress yesterday flanked by the Victory Front (FpV)’s presidential ticket in the form of Daniel Scioli and Carlos Zannini and with a tribute to his father, the late president Néstor Kirchner.

• SEE PHOTO GALLERY.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner campaigned along with Victory Front (FpV) Buenos Aires city mayoral candidate Mariano Recalde yesterday in an impoverished neighbourhood in Villa Lugano in an attempt to give him a last minute push to the finish line before Sunday’s elections.

PRO candidate for City mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta closed his election campaign with a rally in Centenario park, where he highlighted the work done by his party over the last eight years.

A 'no' vote in Sunday's referendum would dramatically weaken Greece's position in debt negotiations, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, declining to say whether creditors would re-open negotiations in that case.

• IMF warns Greece needs debt extension

A top euro zone share index was set for its biggest weekly fall this year today, with many investors focusing on a crucial vote in Greece over its debt negotiations at the weekend.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Greeks the problems they face because of closed banks "will not last long", saying he expected to clinch a new aid deal with creditors 48 hours after a Sunday referendum.

The US dollar was steady today at 9.11 pesos in banks and foreign exchange agencies in the city’s financial district. The "blue" dollar plunged this morning 10 cents to 13.45 pesos in underground houses, according to ámbito.com, after a day of intensified police controls which brought the “blue” dollar to a near halt yesterday.

By Ignacio Portes
Argentina’s tax collection figures have had massive growth since the turn of the century, with the state now taking around 10 more percentage points of the country’s total production, comfortably surpassing the Latin American average and bringing the figure close to the share seen in developed economies.

The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said today.





The Herald’s Ximena Schinca has interviewed the Buenos Aires City deputy mayoral hopefuls from the ruling PRO party, the ECO coalition and the Victory Front (FpV) ahead of this Sunday’s elections in Buenos Aires City. Senator Diego Santilli, national lawmaker Fernando Sánchez and national government official Leandro Santoro.

By Ximena Schinca
When PRO candidate Horacio Rodríguez Larreta announced Senator Diego Santilli as his running-mate before the April primaries, Santilli reacted with pride and surprise — metres away from Gabriela Michetti, his party colleague in the Upper House.

ECO contender Fernando Sánchez

‘We’re fighting against stupidity’

Fernando Sánchez is a close ally of firebrand Civic Coalition (CC) leader Elisa Carrió. A former City legislator, he won a seat at the Lower House of Congress running for the ill-fated UNEN coalition.

Leandro Santoro, the leader of the pro-Radical party (UCR) Los Irrompibles grouping, was announced as Mariano Recalde’s running-mate in the Victory Front (FpV) ticket in May. A month earlier, he had been named by the government as undersecretary for the Institutional Reform and Strengthening of Democracy.







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