Cracks within President Mauricio Macri's ruling Cambiemos coalition began splintering on Monday in Córdoba province, where a key Radical leader announced his plans to run independently of the coalition for the mayorship of the capital.
Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, at a key strategy summit among PRO Party leaders, the message was clear: Mauricio Macri will run for president, unchallenged from within his own coalition.
Luis Juez — who leads Córdoba's Radical movement, the Civic Front — requested Monday that the Córdoba provincial Electoral College grant him permission to run for office separate from Cambiemos (Let's Change), the coalition which secured Macri's 2015 presidential win.
There is also growing concern within the government that UCR Radical Party candidate for the governorship, sitting national congressman Mario Negri, could also split from Cambiemos.
Macri's PRO Party in Córdoba "has taken over" the process of organising primaries among coalition members "as if it were an internal Radical process", Juez told FM La Patriada in his latest public statements last week.
The Cambiemos National Work group met Monday, where Mauricio Macri was a surprise speaker.
"The main objective is Macri's reelection. The tension close to the finish line is logical because everyone wants to be a protagonist for change, but there is no space for everyone and we also have commitments with other members of the coalition. But the propriety is the reelection of Macri", Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio told the Noticias Argentinas news agency.
On Monday evening, firebrand lawmaker Elisa Carrió, who is the leader of the Cambiemos' third party Civic Coalition, played down the tension in Córdoba. She also confirmed she would throw her weight behind Negri for the governorship.