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Big Brother-in Law

A wildly popular reality TV show predicted—and may have influenced—the outcome of Argentina's elections. What now for the country's ruling elite?

By William Gill   July 2009

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Elections in Argentina can be strange affairs, and the mid-term vote for Congress on 28th June was no exception. But this time the event acquired a particularly bizarre twist: for the first time anywhere in the world, the result of an election was influenced, and perhaps decided, by a reality TV show.

It’s said that if you put three Argentines in a room, you get five opinions. In the city of Buenos Aires alone, 19 parties and 8 coalitions (formed by 33 other parties) fought 13 seats in congress. This inability…

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