Sergio Massa: The Journey to the Presidency of Argentina in 2015 and His Political Career

2023-11-17 18:49:00

He tried to be president of Argentina in 2015 outside of Peronism, but without success. This Sunday, November 19, Sergio Massa, current Minister of Economy, faces Javier Milei for the presidency of the country.

Who is Sergio Massa?

Sergio Massa is the third partner of the current government coalition, the Frente de Todos, which came to power in 2019 with Alberto Fernández as president and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as vice president, of which he knew how to be, first, a trusted official and then his fierce opponent.

He is a lawyer, 51 years old, and has two children with his wife, Malena Galmarini, current owner of the state water and sanitation company (AYSA) that operates in the city of Buenos Aires and its surroundings.

He began his path in politics in the Democratic Center Union, UCeDé, a right-wing group led by Álvaro Alsogaray that, in the ’90s, during the presidency of Carlos Menem, would align itself with Peronism. Massa would do the same and in 1999 he would be elected provincial deputy. Some figures from the former UCeDé who were even part of the Menem government now support the candidacy of right-wing libertarian Javier Milei. But Massa remained within Peronism.

Step by Step

In 2002, with the arrival of the Peronist Eduardo Duhalde as interim president after the 2001 crisis, Massa would be appointed head of the National Social Security Administration (Anses), an organization that manages one of the main budgets of the State. ¿

He remained in that position until 2007, during the entire presidency of Néstor Kirchner, despite the fact that, in 2005, already in the ranks of Kirchnerism, he had been elected national deputy for the first time, but he resigned from assuming that position to continue directing the Anses. .

In 2007 he was elected mayor of Tigre, a party in the north of Greater Buenos Aires, but he would remain there for less than 8 months. He asked for a leave of absence and in July 2008 he took over as chief of staff of then-president Cristina Kirchner, after the resignation of Alberto Fernández, who had held that position since Néstor Kirchner’s arrival to the presidency in 2003.

Massa would be Chief of Staff for just under a year. In June 2009, he joined, in third place, the list of national deputies headed by former President Kirchner in the province of Buenos Aires. Massa was one of the so-called “testimonial” candidates, those who, despite being elected, had no intention of assuming office but had the ability to attract votes, as happened in his case.

That list lost to the one led by businessman Francisco de Narváez, and a few days later Massa resigned from the Chief of Staff and returned to the mayor of Tigre. In 2011, still under the umbrella of Kirchnerism, he would be re-elected as mayor with more than 70% of the votes.

Since then, the differences with Kirchnerism deepened until in the 2013 elections he again competed for deputy, but this time for his own space, the Renovador Front, and beat the candidate of the then president, Martín Insaurralde.

His break with Kirchnerism seemed to have no turning back and resulted in a presidential candidacy in 2015 as an opponent. His candidacy ended up splitting the Peronist vote and Mauricio Macri would end up winning that presidential election in a runoff against the official candidate, Daniel Scioli.

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