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New Encounter

New Encounter
Nuevo Encuentro
PresidentMartín Sabbatella
1st Vice PresidentHugo Yasky
General SecretaryAdrián Grana
Founded14 September 2004; 19 years ago (2004-09-14)[1]
Youth wingJuventud Nuevo Encuentro
Membership (2017)Increase 38,459[2][3]
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left[7][8][4][6] to left-wing[9]
National affiliationUnion for the Homeland
Colors    Turquoise, white and black
Seats in the Chamber of Deputies
2 / 257
Seats in the Senate
0 / 72

Encounter for Democracy and Equality (Spanish: Encuentro por la Democracia y la Equidad; EDE), more commonly known as New Encounter (Spanish: Nuevo Encuentro) is a Kirchnerist[10] political party in Argentina founded in 2004 by then-mayor of Morón, Martín Sabbatella.[1] The party now forms part of the Unión por la Patria,[11] the coalition which supported former president Alberto Fernández and Sergio Massa's presidential campaign.

From 2009 to 2015, the party was aligned with the Communist Party and the Solidary Party in a front called New Encounter, from which the EDE took its current common name.[12]


The Encounter for Democracy and Equality was officially launched as a political party on 14 September 2004 by then-intendente (mayor) of Morón, Martín Sabbatella.[1] Sabbatella had until then led his own local party, called Nuevo Morón ("New Morón"), and had belonged to the Broad Front and been involved with the Communist Party Youth, as well as the Front for a Country in Solidarity (Frepaso).[13] According to Sabbatella, the party was partly inspired by the Uruguayan Broad Front.[1]

In 2009, ahead of the nationwide legislative election, Sabbatella and the EDE formed a coalition with the Communist Party, the Solidary Party, the Freemen of the South Movement, the Workers' Central Union, among others; the coalition was named New Encounter (Spanish: Nuevo Encuentro).[14] Sabbatella ran in the Buenos Aires Province party list as the first candidate, and the coalition eventually won 2,15% of the overall national vote and secured two seats in the Chamber of Deputies (the other elected deputy was Graciela Iturraspe).[15][16]

Ahead of the 2011 general election, New Encounter officially endorsed Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's bid for re-election, joining the broader Front for Victory.[17]

In 2015 New Encounter, the coalition, finally dissolved due to internal differences between its member parties.[7] In 2017 the EDE, now popularly known as "New Encounter" itself, joined the Citizen's Unity coalition formed by former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in the aftermath of Mauricio Macri's victory in the 2015 presidential election and the dissolution of the Front for Victory, rejoining its previous allied parties, but now as part of the pan-kirchnerist coalition.[18] At the 2017 legislative election, the party (which ran under the Citizen's Unity list) got three of its members elected to the Chamber of Deputies: Hugo Yasky (chief of the Workers' Central Union), Mónica Macha, and Gabriela Cerruti.[19][20]


New Encounter supporters in the 2013 Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice march in Buenos Aires.

At the time of the party's foundation, Argentine media covering it and Sabatella himself described it as a "progressive" group, modelling itself after the Uruguayan Broad Front.[1][12]

During his time in Congress, Sabbatella voted selectively in favor and against the Front for Victory government's proposed bills, and initially refused to explicitly align New Encounter with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her supporters in Congress.[21] However, following Fernández de Kirchner's landslide victory in the 2011 presidential election, Sabbatella declared the party to be "[like] another leg of the Kirchnerist table", meaning the party would officially become part of the government-aligned bloc without "losing its own identity".[22]

Electoral performance


Election year Candidate Coalition 1st round 2nd round Result
# of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall votes % of overall vote
2011 Cristina Kirchner   Front for Victory 11,865,055 54.11 (1st) Green tickY Elected
2015 Daniel Scioli   Front for Victory 9,338,449 37.08 (1st) 12,198,441 48.60 (2nd) Red XN 2-R Defeated
2019 Alberto Fernández   Frente de Todos 12,473,709 48.10 (1st) Green tickY Elected

Chamber of Deputies

Election year Votes % seats won total seats position presidency notes
2009 402,502 21.03 (#6th) 2
5 / 257
Minority Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (PJFPV) within New Encounter (coalition)
2011 10,762,217 47.98 (#1st) 5
7 / 257
Minority Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (PJFPV) within Front for Victory
2013 7,775,204 34.41 (#1st) 1
6 / 257
Minority Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (PJFPV) within Front for Victory
2015 8,797,279 37.41 (#1st) 2
2 / 257
Minority Mauricio Macri (PROCambiemos) within Front for Victory
2017 5,265,069 21.03 (#2nd) 3
4 / 257
Minority Mauricio Macri (PROCambiemos) within Citizen's Unity
2019 11,359,508 45.50 (#1st) 0
2 / 257
Minority Alberto Fernández (PJFDT) within Frente de Todos

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sabbatella lanza hoy su partido nacional". La Nación (in Spanish). 14 September 2004. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  2. ^ "AFILIACIONES A LOS PARTIDOS POLITICOS". (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Estadística de Afiliados" (PDF). (in Spanish). 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Página/12 :: El país :: Los dilemas del centroizquierda".
  5. ^ "Página/12 :: El país :: "Si la sociedad participa, el aparato no juega"".
  6. ^ a b "Martín Sabbatella: "Hay en Kirchner una gran contradicción"". 10 October 2004.
  7. ^ a b "Heller y Sabbatella pelean por el sello Nuevo Encuentro". Clarín (in Spanish). 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Página/12 :: El país :: Las diferencias del centroizquierda".
  9. ^ ""Guerra de Dios" contra las bodas gays en Argentina". El País (in Spanish). 14 July 2010. ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  10. ^ "Martín Sabbatella: De "no kirchnerista" a candidato de Cristina". Perfil (in Spanish). 19 June 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Unión por la Patria: ¿cuál es el origen de la coalición y quién la compone?". Retrieved 21 October 2023.
  12. ^ a b "Se constituyó el Nuevo Encuentro". Nuestra Propuesta (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  13. ^ Verbitsky, Horacio (19 September 2004). "La hora de los pibes". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Sabbatella inscribió su alianza para provincia". Página/12 (in Spanish). 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  15. ^ Cibeira, Fernando (29 June 2009). "El día que la provincia se tiñó de colorado". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Graciela Iturraspe: Militante todoterreno". Agencia CTA (in Spanish). 29 November 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Nuevo Encuentro irá con el FpV". Página/12 (in Spanish). 15 June 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Qué partidos integran Unidad Ciudadana, el frente electoral de Cristina Kirchner". La Nación (in Spanish). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  19. ^ "La lista de Nuevo Encuentro fue oficializada dentro de Unidad Ciudadana". El Orden (in Spanish). 30 June 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  20. ^ "El partido político Nuevo Encuentro comienza su construcción en Dina Huapi". Noticias Río Negro (in Spanish). 15 March 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  21. ^ Mocca, Edgardo (6 December 2009). "El grupo "a"". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  22. ^ Cibeira, Fernando (20 November 2011). "Como otra pata más de la mesa kirchnerista". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 May 2020.
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