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Weekly Report - 14 March 2019 (WR-19-10)

ARGENTINA: Interpreting the Neuquén result

The 10 March gubernatorial election in Argentina’s Neuquén province, the opening contest of this general election year, produced a re-election victory for the incumbent governor, Omar Gutiérrez. While this outcome may suggest that the Neuquén electorate is content with the status quo, the country’s main political parties are trying to interpret what it means for the national poll due to take place in October. Given that Gutiérrez stood for the regional party, the Movimiento Popular Neuquino (MPN), and defeated candidates from the main national political parties, accurately interpreting the result is difficult and yet it is already having repercussions.

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