Mauricio Macri, candidate of the Republican Proposal party (PRO) and the Cambiemos coalition, prevailed in the Argentine presidential ballot on November 22, 2015 over his opponent of the ruling party, Daniel Scioli, with 51.4% of the votes . The outgoing head of Government of the City of Buenos Aires will succeed Cristina Fernández as a tenant of the Casa Rosada on December 10, ending 12 years of Kirchnerist governments in Argentina and becoming the first democratic leader not belonging to Peronism or the radicalism since 1943, underscoring the historical character of his choice.
The great outsider of Argentine politics is the first-born of the industrial magnate Franco Macri – who by the way has never endorsed his son’s political ambitions – and exhibits a flowery entrepreneurial resume carved out in the companies of the family holding company and in the Boca football club. Juniors. Under his presidency, the team filled its showcases with cups and titles, a sporting success that brought great popularity to the sometimes called Argentine Berlusconi and that in 2003 encouraged him to found a liberal-conservative formation, Compromiso para el Cambio, genesis of the later PRO and which he placed in the opposition to the Justicialista Party, despite his personal ties with the Menemism.
In 2007, on the second attempt and by a landslide, Macri won the election to the Executive of the Autonomous City. After the countermarches of that year and 2011, the Buenos Aires mayor substantiated his presidential bid in 2015 and forged the Cambiemos coalition with the Radical Civic Union and the ARI Civic Coalition, that is, the liberal social center-left. After winning the primary election in August, Macri faced the campaign for the national elections with the handicap of not having a significant party apparatus in the other 23 provinces of the country. On October 25, however, while he displaced Sergio Massa and from the provisional position of runner-up went on to contest the second round of the presidential elections, his lieutenant María Eugenia Vidal, in a spectacular coup that preluded the national outcome of the 22nd. In November, he defeated Kirchnerism in the vote for the post of governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, to which Scioli said goodbye.
Always concerned about the media pull and reluctant to position himself ideologically, although if he has to define himself he refers to a neutral center without labels, not to the center-right and less to the neoliberal right that his detractors of Kirchnerism and the left claim, Macri has behind him a dense history of trouble with the law, a whole tangle of criminal charges and prosecutions in the context of his activities as a private businessman and his government management in the Autonomous City.