Laborites Win in Jewish Community Elections in Buenos Aires

A tabulation of voting in the election for the Buenos Aires Community Council, based on a party system analogous to that of Israel, showed today that a joint Mapai-Achdut Avodah ticket took 43 of the Council’s 90 seats as the leading bloc.

The results in such elections extend beyond the Council because the proportions received by the parties serve later to establish the party representation in community institutions and international Jewish events. Although the balloting is regarded as the most important event in local Jewish life, only 2, 000 of the 42, 000 Buenos Aires Jews eligible to vote cast ballots.

The joint General Zionist-Liberals ticket obtained 14 seat this year, compared with nine each in 1960 on independent tickets, Mapam won 10 seats compared with five in 1960 but this year, the party had some support from the extreme left. Mizrachi-Bapoel Hamizrachi, the Religious Zionists, won seven seats, one more than in 1960. The Revisionists won five-seats, two more than in 1960. The Jewish Socialist Bund won four seats, the same as in the prior election. Agudat Israel won three seats. With no ticket of their own, non-party electors were shut out in the elections and have virtually no participation in Community Council affairs.

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