Larreta-Lousteau deal puts mayor closer to BA city reelection
While all eyes were focused on the last-minute deals over coalitions and candidacies at the national level, President Mauricio Macri’s key ally in Buenos Aires city, Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, quietly secured a series of deals that put him closer to re-election.
Former Ambassador to the US Martín Lousteau came within a whisker of beating Rodríguez Larreta four years ago in an election that could have derailed Macri’s presidential hopes. Now, however, Lousteau has reportedly agreed to run next to Larreta instead of against him. If the deal is confirmed, Lousteau will run to represent Macri’s newly formed Juntos por el Cambio coalition in the Senate, where he would also be the favorite as he would face no competition from Macri’s allies.
On the opposition side, president of San Lorenzo Football Club Matías Lammens was anointed by Alberto Fernández yesterday. Lammens faces an uphill battle in a city where Peronism has always struggled to be competitive. But the absence of Lousteau makes him the main contender in the mayoral race, as Larreta also struggles with Macri’s declining support following the country’s 2018 debt crisis.