Weekly Report - 10 August 2023 (WR-23-32)

ARGENTINA: Murder of young girl cuts short primaries campaign

On 9 August Morena Domínguez, an 11-year-old girl on her way to school in the Buenos Aires suburb of Lanús, was attacked and fatally beaten by two teenagers on a motorbike, who were reportedly stealing mobile phones to buy ‘paco’, a cheap drug made from cocaine residue. In the subsequent uproar all major candidates in the open and compulsory primaries (known as the Paso elections, and which are due to be held on 13 August) suspended their campaigns as a sign of mourning and respect. The likely impact on voting is not entirely clear.

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