Facundo Manes, a renowned Argentine neurologist, has announced his candidacy for president in the upcoming internal elections to be held in August. Manes will head the “Take the Step” list despite the attempts of the leader of the government of the City of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, to add him to his lists.

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In the last hours, Gerardo Morales and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta tried to convince Facundo Manes to head their lists, but the neurologist declined both proposals. In addition, Gastón Manes, Facundo’s brother and president of the UCR National Convention, was offered to accompany Diego Santilli in the Buenos Aires formula, but an agreement was not reached either. According to sources close to the neurologist, the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo ‘Wado’ de Pedro, offered him the position of vice-presidential candidate about a month ago, a proposal that Manes rejected.

Given the lack of full support from the UCR, Manes began to design his strategy at the national level, relying on the flow of votes he obtained in the 2021 elections in the province of Buenos Aires. Manes shows confidence in the developed strategy and criticizes the imitations of his opponents in the discourse on development and the intention of adding Juan Schiaretti to his ranks.