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Alfonsín picks economist Javier González Fraga as running mate

Radical Party vice-presidential candidate Javier González Fraga and presidential candidate Ricardo Alfonsín

Radical Party presidential candidate Ricardo Alfonsín announced that economist Javier González Fraga will be his running mate in the October presidential elections, on the same day that it was confirmed by a Radical Party leader that an alliance with the Socialist party would not take place.

González Fraga was a governor for the Central Bank and owns a dairy company La Salamandra, amongst other business pursuits.

Earlier, Alfonsín said: “I don’t feel guilty about what we are doing in the Buenos Aires province,” while referring to the accord he is seeking to reach with right wing lawmaker Francisco De Narváez.

The fact that Alfonsín seems bent on closing an alliance with De Narvaez irked the Socialists party members, and Hermes Binner in particular, and ultimately left a potential Radical Party-Socialist party ballot in the upcoming October elections out of reach.

After a long meeting between the UCR and the Socialist Party, Radical leader Angel Rozas announced: “it is official, the Alfonsín-Binner alliance is not going to happen”, as the Santa Fe governor rejected the idea of running as vice-presidential candidate.

The break-up between the Radical Party and the Socialists was a long-time coming, as in the last few weeks both Alfonsín moved closer to De Narváez and Socialist leaders emphatically rejected the possibility of sharing a common front with the Buenos Aires province gubernatorial candidate.

However, UCR senator Gerardo Morales admitted earlier today that the Radicals will try to clinch accords with Socialists in provinces where Alfonsín’s candidacy isn’t affected.

Meanwhile, Binner has yet to announce whether he will run as presidential candidate for the Socialist party or what his future electoral plans are.

The Alfonsín-González Fraga is the first official ballot to be announced that will run on the presidential elections. Former President Eduardo Duhalde will announce his running mate in June 8th.

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