Facundo Manes is 14 years old on a hot afternoon in 1983. His shirt is unbuttoned and a sticker with the acronym RA, in reference to Raúl Alfonsín, is stuck to his chest. The scene came to light 38 years later, just the day the neuroscientist announced his candidacy for deputy for the Radical Civic Union.
Manes perhaps did not imagine that 38 years later he would be a prestigious neuroscientist, much less that he would become one of the main candidates of radicalism for the legislative elections.
The photo was shared by the governor of Jujuy Gerardo Morales placeholder image, who through social networks celebrated Manes launching into politics.
“As at that time, with the leadership of Raúl Alfonsín, Radicalism again assumes the decision to vindicate the principles and values that are in force today more than ever,” Morales said in a thread on Twitter that he accompanied with a first image of a massive crowd. Alfonsín’s act in front of the monument to the flag in Rosario.
The Jujuy president insisted that “in these new times, the struggle for freedom, equality, access to knowledge, scientific and technological development, the highest educational quality and the culture of effort are the bases to generate work and to be able to eradicate poverty“.
And he closed: “Thank you @ManesF for continuing to carry Raúl Alfonsín and the Argentine Republic on your chest. Today more than ever RA!”.
Manes confirmed his candidacy through a video on social networks in which he stated that “it’s time to be present” and “participate in the new elections.”
“There are two things that mobilize us human beings: fear and hope. It is up to us to choose the path we want to take. Know that despite the pain and suffering that we are experiencing, we can emerge strengthened from all this,” said Manes in the video of almost two minutes that he published on his social networks.
He also argued that it is necessary “to turn resignation and disenchantment into hope”: “We cannot allow fear to paralyze us. It is time to be present. That is why I decided to accept the invitation that the Radical Civic Union made me and participate in the next elections. A new country is coming, a new world. You have to think about it, put it together, explain it and above all, do it, “he added.
In this way, the UCR already has a candidate in case a STEP is confirmed in Juntos por el Cambio for the Province. From the PRO there is a fight between Diego Santilli, Jorge Macri and other names that seek to lead JXC in these elections.
In addition to Morales, another current leader of radicalism such as Martín Lousteau celebrated his launch into politics: “Welcome Facundo! The challenge of transforming Argentina requires a better radicalism to do a better Together for Change. We will be there”, wrote the economist On twitter.
Mario Negri’s tweet.
Another radical leader who was effusive was the president of the interblock of deputies of Together for Change, Mario Negri, who stressed that Manes arrives to “restore hope to citizens with a true development project.”