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Civic Coalition

The Civic Coalition is a political coalition in Argentina. It was founded by Elisa Carrio, as an association supported by the ARI party (Support for an Egalitarian Republic), as well as a number of other political groups and individual political leaders, notably Union for All (UPT) of Patricia Bullrich and GEN - Generation for a National Encounter of Margarita Stolbizer.

Carrio ran for presidency on the 2007 election representing the Civic Coalition, along with the Socialist Party Senator for Santa Fe Province, Ruben Giustiniani. The coalition lost the election, although it did well in the largest cities of Argentina, getting support especially from the urban middle and upper classes.

Leading figures of the Coalition, as well as Carrio, Bullrich and Stolbizer, include Alfonso Prat Gay, former head of the Central Bank, and Senators Maria Eugenia Estenssoro and Samuel Cabanchik. The embrace by Carrio of these centrist figures proved controversial among more left-wing members of ARI and some national legislators declined to join the new expanded Civic Coalition grouping in Congress following the 2007 elections and instead formed a separate block called the Autonomous ARI. In May 2008, the block, led by Eduardo Macaluse, announced that they were forming a new party, Solidarity and Equality (Solidaridad e Igualdad - SI). Others who left ARI were Carlos Raimundi, Leonardo Gorbacz, Delia Bisutti, Nelida Belous, Veronica Venas, Emilio Garcia Mendez, Lidia Naim and Maria America Gonzalez. Senator Maria Rosa Diaz also appeared at the launch of SI. Digale SI al nuevo partido opositor, Pagina/12, 18 May 2008. Several of the legislators who created the new party had won their seats in the 2007 election as part of the Civic Coalition, which they later opposed.

The ARI deputies from Tierra del Fuego sit with the SI members in a separate block in the Chamber of Deputies. Subsequently Senators Maria Rosa Diaz and Jose Carlos Martinez left ARI altogether in March 2009. Senate votes today on early election, Buenos Aires Herald, 26 March 2009.

Since 2009, the coalition refounded itself as a party, called Civic Coalition-ARI (CC-ARI), and works with the Radical Civic Union, Federal Consensus and the Socialist Party, in the alliance Civic and Social Agreement (ACyS), although the actual situation of it varies in each district.

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