Manaus (AM) – The victory of ultra-liberal economist Javier Milei (La Libertad Avanza) to command Argentina moved the Amazonian and national political scene. The state’s right-wing parliamentarians celebrated their victory in the presidential election, which took place on Sunday (19).
Milei was elected with 55.78% of the votes, accounting for 14.022 million votes, as counted up to 9:05 pm, against 44.21% for the government candidate and Minister of Economy, Sérgio Massa, who obtained 11.114 million votes. Milei became the 12th Argentine president after redemocratization and will take office on December 10th.
Federal Deputy Captain Alberto Neto (PL) congratulated Milei on his Twitter, hoping that the mandate will be marked by progress and hope will be reborn throughout Latin America.
JAVIER MILEI ELECTED PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA. VICTORY FOR FREEDOM!
May your mandate be marked by progress and may hope be reborn throughout Latin America. pic.twitter.com/xxIEjw7h6i
— Captain Alberto Neto (@capalbertoneto) November 19, 2023
State Deputy Débora Menezes (PL) published an image on her Instagram celebrating the feat. “The right has won”, says the political representative’s publication.
Federal Deputy Fausto Júnior (UB) highlighted that he believes in the economic recovery of the neighboring country, as it will be able to directly contribute to Brazil’s economy.
I congratulate the new president of Argentina, Javier Milei, on his successful election.
I, like many Brazilians who support the economic recovery of this country — which is one of Brazil’s most important trading partners — believe that we have to do what is necessary to…
— Rep. Fausto Santos Jr (@DepFaustoJr) November 20, 2023
State Deputy Delegate Péricles shared, in his stories, a montage of Milei together with former presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump.
Councilors Captain Carpê (Republicans) and Raiff Matos (Christian Democracy) also wished congratulations to the new president of Argentina.
VICTORY FOR THE RIGHT IN ARGENTINA!
The results of the elections have just come out, where Argentines kicked the left of the federal government.
Javier Milei, right-winger, won, who said he refused to meet with Lula because he was a “convict, thief and communist”. pic.twitter.com/yk3eUdAPys
— Official Captain Carpê (@capitaocarpe) November 19, 2023
Elections in Argentina
Javier Milei will be the future president of Argentina for the next four years. An economist, Milei is characterized by being an anti-system candidate in a country shaken by a serious economic crisis, where inflation reached 142.7% in the 12 months ending in October. He promises to dollarize the economy and abolish the Argentine Central Bank to end inflation, but softened other promises in the second round, promising not to privatize healthcare and public schools.
Rose to fame as an economic commentator on television programs, Milei claims to be a dog lover and, according to Argentine media, has several clones of a dog that lived from 2004 to 2017. Although he allied himself with traditional right-wing politicians in the second round, like former president Mauricio Macri and the defeated candidate Patricia Bullrich, the winning candidate attracted the vote especially from younger people by positioning himself against traditional politicians, who he calls “the caste”.
During the campaign, Milei was compared to politicians such as former US president Donald Trump and former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. The future Argentine president defines himself as a libertarian and anarcho-capitalist and declared himself a defender of ideas such as the commercialization of organs and the free sale of weapons. During the second round, he criticized Pope Francis, whom he called a communist.
Through social media, even before confirming Milei’s victory, President Lula (PT) congratulated Argentine institutions for conducting the electoral process, as well as the Argentine people for participating “in an orderly and peaceful manner”.
Still not knowing who the winner would be, Lula wished the next government luck. “I wish the new government good luck and success. Argentina is a great country and deserves all our respect. Brazil will always be available to work together with our Argentine brothers.” The Brazilian president has not yet commented after confirming the result in the neighboring country.
Democracy is the voice of the people, and it must always be respected. My congratulations to Argentine institutions for conducting the electoral process and to the Argentine people who participated in the electoral day in an orderly and peaceful manner.
I wish the new government good luck and success. A…
— Lula (@LulaOficial) November 19, 2023
The minister of the Social Communication Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Paulo Pimenta, stated, this Monday (20), that President Lula should only talk to the president-elect of Argentina, Javier Milei, after he apologizes.
“He gratuitously offended President Lula. It would be his gesture as president-elect, to call to apologize. After that happened, I would think about the possibility of talking,”
Pimenta told journalists at Palácio do Planalto.
During the electoral process, Javier Milei referred to Lula as “communist” and “corrupt”. There is still no forecast that Lula will attend Milei’s inauguration in Buenos Aires, in December.
*With information from Agência Brasil and CNN Brasil
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