Official: the Government will not move the holiday from November 20 due to the ballot

Sergio Massa and Javier Milei (REUTERS)
Sergio Massa and Javier Milei (REUTERS)

Finally, the Government decided that The holiday on Monday, November 20 will not be moved despite the fact that on Sunday the 19th the presidential runoff will take place in Argentina between Sergio Massa and Javier Milei.

The National Electoral Chamber had requested the Executive Branch to move the date due to the second round of elections, however, the general secretary of the Presidency, Julio Vitobelloresponded to the organization through a letter, in which he explained that “it is not appropriate to issue a decree of necessity and urgency to alter the current provisions referring to the holiday in question.”

The exercise of the electoral right is an obligation for Argentine citizens which, like so many other obligations, they have been able to make compatible with their other activities,” Vitobello says in the letter to which he agreed. Infobae.

Versions about the possible displacement of the holiday for National Sovereignty Day began to circulate the day after the general elections. Speculation emphasized that a long weekend would cause the stake in the runoff to define the next president of the nation decreases.

The holiday for the designated national date is commemorated on Monday, November 20, while the contest between Massa and Milei for arrival at the Casa Rosada for the next four years will be on Sunday, November 19. Hence the versions that even found support in the government itself.

That was ruled out based on Vitobello’s letter to the National Electoral Chamber. “These dates have been established for a more than considerable time and are fully known to our citizens. Based on them, decisions have been made, planned tripsscheduled cultural, educational, commercial, sports and tourist activities,” argued the Secretary General of the presidency.

The observations regarding the participation levels of citizens in the elections have been recurrent this year. While the decline in turnout at the polls was notable in the provincial elections, the general elections of October 22 confirmed the phenomenon, being the lowest turnout since the return of democracy. 77.65% participated of the almost 36 million Argentines authorized to vote.

The runoff between the candidate of Unión por la Patria, Sergio Massa, and that of La Libertad Avanza, Javier Milei, comes after a surprising result in the general elections. Milei had just been the candidate with the most votes in the Primary, Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory elections (PASO) and finished second, however, in the general elections. Massa won with 36.68% of the votes.

Given that the National Electoral Code stipulates that to be elected in the first round, a candidate must obtain 45% of the votes or 40% with a difference of 10% over the second – something that did not happen – Massa and Milei They must define on November 22 in a ballot who will be the next head of state.


On November 20, National Sovereignty Day is commemorated, a date in which the Battle of the Vuelta de Obligadowhich occurred in 1845 during the government of Juan Manuel de Rosas, in the period of formation of the country. The event remembers the armed resistance of national troops against the advance of an Anglo-French army.

The events occurred between 1845 and 1850, when an Anglo-French squadron blocked the Río de la Plata, preventing the passage of ships to Buenos Aires or the ports of the Confederation, with the exception of Montevideo, according to the journalist. Adrian Pignatelli.

The Europeans argued that the existence of Uruguay was threatened by the siege it was suffering. In reality, their commercial interests were being affected, and they also already had in mind navigating the interior rivers of our country to trade, something that Governor Juan Manuel de Rosas, in charge of foreign relations of the Argentine Confederation, prevented.

Everything broke out on November 20, 1845 when the Anglo-French fleet tried to force the passage by sailing along the Paraná River. After patriot resistance and after many diplomatic twists and turns, a treaty was signed through which the English recognized Argentine sovereignty over its inland rivers and its right to solve its problems with Uruguay without foreign intervention.

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