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The Argentine Senate is the upper house of parliamentmarker in Argentinamarker. It has 72 senators: three for each province and three for the Autonomous City of Buenos Airesmarker. Senators are elected by direct election on a provincial basis, with the party with the most votes being awarded two of the province's senate seats and the second-place party receiving the third seat. Currently one-third of the members are elected every two years to a six-year term: in other words, one-third of the provinces hold senatorial elections every two years. There are no restrictions on repeated re-election.

The Senate is presided over by the Vice-President of the Republic, who has the casting vote in the event of ties.


According to Section 55 of the Argentine Constitution, candidates for the Argentine Senate must
  • be at least 30 years old
  • have been a citizen of Argentina for six years
  • be native to the province of his office, or have been a resident of that province for two years.


See List of current members of the Argentine Senate

Senate of Argentina
(as of February 2009)
Party blocs Seats Party blocs Seats
PJ Front for Victory
Radical Civic Union
Civic Coalition
Support for an Egalitarian Republic (ARI)
Civic Front for Santiago
Civic and Social Front of Catamarca
Federal Santa Fe
Plural Consensus
Republican Force Tucumán
San Luis Justicialist Party
Alliance New Front
Neuquino People's Movement
New Party Corrientes
PJ Federalism and Freedom
Production and Labour
Justicialist for Dialogue with Argentines
Salta Renewal Party
Socialist Party
72 members

Although there are, as of December 2007, 18 party blocks in the Senate, in reality these act as a smaller number of groupings. [73368][73369]

Some of the provincial electoral fronts and the Plural Consensusof dissident radicals support the majority Front for Victoryblock. There is speculation that the Plural Consensus block may grow if the other FPV-supporting senators join. The Socialist Partysenator and the two existing ARIsenators are expected to work closely with the new Civic Coalitionsenators, but they have not formed a single block. There are three sets of 'dissident' Peronists, and various provincial parties, mainly of the right, who work with other blocks as occasion arises. This has left the second largest block, the Radical Civic Union, rather isolated with its eight remaining senators. [73370]

Leading senators

The Senate is presided over by the Vice-President of the country, currently Julio Cobos. Day to day leadership of the Senate is conducted by the 'Provisional President', who has been Front for Victory(FPV) Senator José Pampurosince 2006.

Other positions include:

2005 election

See also


  1. Information about the legislature, Argentine Senate. Accessed 21 February 2009.

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