Argentina 2023 elections: What Congress will look like from December 10

UxP will be the first minority while JxC is dropping six senators and 24 deputies

While the presidential race took the spotlight in Argentina’s election on Sunday, the makeup of the national Congress was also decided in the polls. The new lawmakers will take their seats on December 10, the day the new president is inaugurated. 

This is how the seats will be distributed among the different coalitions.

The Senate

Unión por la Patria: 32/72

Juntos por el Cambio: 27/72

La Libertad Avanza: 6/72

Union por la Patria (UxP)’s win, spearheaded by current Economy Minister Sergio Massa, means the ruling coalition will take a preeminent role in the Upper House. UxP had nine seats up for renovation, and managed to keep all its members while gaining one more. Therefore, it will have 32 seats starting December.

This will grant it the role of first minority, just five seats away from the number required for quorum.

The virtual standoff in the Upper House between UxP and Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) will be over. JxC was the biggest loser of the day, losing six of the 33 seats it held, the most of any party. Starting December 10 the current opposition bloc will have 27 seats.

Most of those seats will go to La Libertad Avanza (LLA), the party led by Javier Milei. While the libertarian candidate is set to go to a run-off against Massa, his party made big gains in Congress, taking eight seats in the Upper House having previously held none.

The Lower House

Unión por la Patria: 104/257

Juntos por el Cambio: 93/257

La Libertad Avanza: 38/257

Things look different in the Lower House, where UxP lost some ground despite managing to keep most of its seats. The ruling coalition managed to keep 104 of the 118 seats it currently holds and extended its difference against the current opposition. JxC was once again the biggest loser of the night, dropping from 117 to 93.

Many of those will go to LLA, who jumped from three seats (namely Milei, running-mate Victoria Villarruel and Buenos Aires Province governor candidate Carolina Píparo) to 38, which will turn it into the third largest bloc in Congress.

There will be fewer women in the house overall, going from 117 to 111 out of 257 after December 10.

— with information from Télam.


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