Workers' Left Front
|Founded||April 14, 2011|
|Seats in the Chamber of Deputies||
4 / 257
|Seats in the Senate||
0 / 72
The Workers' Left Front (Spanish: Frente de Izquierda y de los Trabajadores, FIT) is an alliance of three Trotskyist parties in Argentina formed to fight a number of elections in 2011, announced at a press conference in April that year. They are the Workers' Party (PO), the Socialist Workers' Party (PTS), and Socialist Left (IS).
These parties had stood separately at the Argentine elections of 2007 and 2009, the PO on its own, and the PTS and IS in an alliance with the Movement for Socialism (MAS). At these two elections the PO did better than the PTS-IS-MAS alliance, and in 2009 both groupings seriously increased their vote in proportion to their vote in 2007. The MAS was invited to join the new alliance but declined.
On 12 June they won a provincial deputy in Neuquén Province with 3.60% of the vote. The post will be held in rotation by Alejandro López, Raúl Godoy (PTS), Angélica Lagunas (IS) and Gabriela Suppicich (PO). (However the deputies elected in June only took their seats on 10 December 2011, so each of the four sit for a year running from December to December.)
On 7 August Liliana Olivero of IS was re-elected to the Córdoba provincial legislature, this post will be rotated with Cintia Frencia (PO) and Laura Vilches (PTS). The list won 3.12% of the vote, this was largely concentrated in the provincial capital where it won 5.45%.
They stood Jorge Altamira of the PO for president and Christian Castillo of the PTS for vice-president on 23 October. On 14 August Altamira and Castillo won 527,237 votes, 2.46%, in a primary election.
On 23 October 2011 they came very close to winning a national deputy in two areas. In Buenos Aires city their vote was only 0.2% short. In Buenos Aires Province their share of the vote would have entitled them to a deputy, but they fell at a second hurdle where they needed to win 3% of the number of voters on the electoral register. The Front mounted a legal challenge to this hurdle, but the courts turned them down.
The Front contested the election for Neuquén city council on 30 June 2013. It won 5.7% of the vote, around double its vote for this election in 2011, and roughly in line with its vote in the provincial election that year. Soon after it announced its candidates for the national election.
At the primary elections on 11 August 2013 the Front won over 900 000 votes, fairly close to doubling its vote compared to 2011. It increased its vote in nearly all provinces, in some provinces picking up a significant vote from virtually nowhere, an exception was Buenos Aires city where its vote was down marginally on 2011.
At the main election on 27 October they won over a million votes, 5.11%, more than double their vote in 2011. They won three national deputies: Néstor Pitrola (PO) in Buenos Aires Province, Pablo Sebastián López (PO) in Salta and Nicolás del Caño (PTS) in Mendoza. There was a challenge to the result in Córdoba Province, where Liliana Olivero (IS) was the candidate.
They also won three provincial deputies (Cecilia Soria, Martín Dalmau and Héctor Fresina) and a provincial senator (Noelia Barbeito) in Mendoza, and one provincial deputy in each of Buenos Aires City (Marcelo Ramal), Buenos Aires Province (Christian Castillo) and Santiago del Estero (Andrea Ruiz), and five new councillors, all in towns in Mendoza Province.
On 10 November the PO had a serious success in provincial elections in Salta Province, winning a provincial senator (Gabriela Cerrano) and four provincial deputies (Julio Quintana, Claudio del Plá, Patricia Jorge and Norma Colpari) all elected in the provincial capital. They also won 17 councilors, including 9 out of the 21 seats on Salta city council, where the PO is now the largest party.
On 29 January the Front registered its alliance to contest the municipal election in Mendoza Province. In Mendoza, Argentina the list was headed by Macarena Escudero (PTS), a student, followed by Soledad Sosa and Andrés Elías (both PO). The PO headed the list in San Carlos, Mendoza.
In April it won a second provincial deputy in Neuquén. The seats will be held by Raúl Godoy (PTS) and Patricia Jure (PO), to be followed by Angélica Lagunas (IS). It also won a councilor in the town of Andacollo for the first time.
In June in Mendoza Province Macarena Escudero was elected as a provincial deputy, and Víctor da Vila was elected as a provincial senator.
- http://resultados2011.neuquen.gov.ar/consulta/diputados.html Neuquén result
- http://po.org.ar/articulo/actualidad-20110612-2200/frente-de-izquierda-debuto-en-neuquen-conquistando-legislador PO on Neuquén victory (Spanish)
- http://www.ft-ci.org/article.php3?id_article=4213?lang=en PTS on Neuquén victory (English)
- http://neuquenalinstante.com.ar/2011/12/10/de-obrero-de-zanon-a-diputado-provincial-neuquino/ report on López taking his seat (Spanish)
- http://po.org.ar/blog/2012/12/20/la-accion-de-las-bancadas-del-frente-de-izquierda/ article by her with photo (Spanish)
- http://www.pts.org.ar/spip.php?article17502 announcement
- http://www.fiscaldemesa.com.ar/2011/08/30/primaria-presidencial-resultados-finales/ Argentine official website (Spanish)
- http://www.pts.org.ar/spip.php?article20779 article on June 2012 (Spanish)
- http://po.org.ar/blog/2013/07/04/una-votacion-promisoria-del-frente-de-izquierda/ PO on result of election (Spanish)
- http://po.org.ar/blog/2013/06/11/el-frente-de-izquierda-cerro-un-acuerdo-nacional-en-19-provincias/ PO on national candidates (Spanish)
- http://www.pts.org.ar/Acuerdo-de-candidaturas-nacionales-del-Frente-de-Izquierda-en-19-distritos-electorales PTS on national candidates (Spanish)
- http://po.org.ar/blog/2013/10/10/salta-no-es-una-isla/ Salta No Es Una Isla (Spanish)
- http://www.ft-ci.org/ARGENTINA-A-historic-election-for-the-Workers-and-Left-Front-three-national?lang=en FT-CI announces Front's result (English)
- http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/143866/workers%E2%80%99-leftist-front-takes-three-seats-in-lower-house Buenos Aires Herald report (English)
- http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1633137-el-frente-de-izquierda-hace-una-eleccion-historica-y-gana-tres-bancas-en-diputados?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=lanacioncom La Nacion report (Spanish)
- http://elsolonline.com/noticias/ver/1310/186956/los-legisladores-provinciales-del-frente-de-izquierda-se-presentan-quienes-son-y-que-haran El Sol article (Spanish)
- http://www.diariopanorama.com/seccion/locales_13/por-primera-vez-en-la-historia-el-frente-de-izquierda-ingresa-en-la-camara-de-diputados_a_159009 report on Santiago del Estero result (Spanish)
- http://www.ft-ci.org/Argentina-Defeat-for-the-government-and-a-breakthrough-for-the-revolutionary?lang=en Argentina Defeat for the government and a breakthrough for the revolutionary left (English)
- http://www.eldiplo.org/notas-web/trotskismo-recargado?token&nID=1 Le Monde Diplomatique article (Spanish)
- http://www.electoralsalta.gov.ar/Sitio/2013/wfGeneralesProclamacion.aspx# Official proclamation of results (Spanish)
- http://www.informatesalta.com.ar/noticia.asp?q=54840 Informe Salta (Spanish)
- http://www.pts.org.ar/El-FIT-inscribio-su-alianza-para-las-elecciones-municipales-de-Mendoza-24676 announcement (Spanish)
- http://prensa.po.org.ar/po1302/2014/02/13/presentamos-los-candidatos-al-concejo/ (Spanish)
- PO article (Spanish)
- PTS article (Spanish)
- Programme of the Workers' Left Front (English)
- Castillo on result of primary elections (English)
- Manifesto for the 2013 election
- Front's election bulletin page
- Map of performance at August 2013 primaries
- Map of performance at October 2013 main election
- Argentine socialist speaks in Belfast, Dublin (English)