© Reuters. Juan Manuel Cepernic and his father Marcelo pose for a photo at Marcelo’s home, in Rio Gallegos, Argentina, November 14, 2023. REUTERS/Horacio Cordoba
By Lucinda Elliott and Horacio Cordoba
RIO GALLEGOS, Argentina (Reuters) – Catalina Cepernic’s great-grandfather Jorge, a sheep-farm owner in Argentina’s windswept Patagonia, was the first member of the family won over to the ideas of Juan Domingo Peron, the former president who spawned the country’s most powerful political movement.
Peron’s calls in the mid-1940s for better working conditions, wages and state pensions resonated with Jorge, his family recounted, as he listened to the charismatic leader’s speeches on the radio from his farm in this remote corner of South America.
The Cepernics remain a Peronist family, three generations of the clan told Reuters, but their support for the movement has faltered. That could be a warning sign ahead of Sunday’s presidential election, which opinion polls suggest will be a close contest and where the Peronist government faces being toppled by a radical libertarian outsider.
Catalina, 27, plans to back the Peronists, but said many in the family, who still live in…
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