Citizens of Buenos Aires were among 1,500,000 Argentine voters who went to the polls Feb.5.?
Citizens of Buenos Aires were among 1,500,000 Argentine voters who went to the polls Feb.5. to elect a national senator to congress for a nine-years term. and a national deputy to the Chamber of Deputies for a one-year term. Polling took place during a hot summer's day, and no incidents were reported.
Thirty-three candidates were out forward by eighteen political parties. The result was an overwhelming defeat for President Arturo Fronidzi's Radical Intransigent Government now mid-way through it's six years term of office. Both Government candidates ran a poor third for both positions.
Alfredo Palacios, 80-year old Socialist, and personal champion of Fidel Castro of Cuba, easily won a victory in the Senate with Communist support. In the race for the seat in the Chamber of Deputies, Dr Carlos Adrogue of the People's Radical Party won over Dr Ramon Muniz (Socialist). Followers of Juan Peron, the deposed dictator now living in Spain, followed his instructions to deposit blank votes.
The outcome does not affect the Administration's control of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, but constitutes a stinging loss of personal political prestige for President Frondizi.