In the second round of presidential elections in Argentina, far-right candidate Javier Milei won, according to results based on 90 percent of the votes counted. Milei received 56 percent of the vote, and the candidate of the ruling Peronists, Sergio Massa, 44. In the election campaign, Milei advocated the closure of the Central Bank – in a country where there is an economic crisis and enormous inflation and where gun ownership is being liberalized, agencies report.
Milei’s proposals have been supported by voters desperate for change. He confused the pollsters by easily beating the incumbent candidate by more than 10 points.
Provisional results showed Milei with nearly 56 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for Massa, with nearly 90 percent of the votes counted.
In his victory speech to supporters in Buenos Aires, Milei said that the reconstruction of Argentina and the end of Argentina’s decline begin today.
“The model of decadence has come to an end. There is no going back. Argentina will return to its place in the world that it should never have lost. We will work side by side with all the nations of the free world to help build a better world,” Milei said.
After the defeat, Massa said that it was obvious that the results were not what they expected.
“I contacted Javier Milei to congratulate him. From tomorrow, the responsibility for ensuring security belongs to Milei”, noted Masa.
It was a tough race until the very end, but the expert who at one point held a chainsaw in the campaign won. A man who has been compared to former US President Donald Trump and former Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro.
His speech on the introduction of the US dollar as the country’s official currency was met with applause from his supporters. Many economists are still talking about a financial disaster.
Regardless, in a country where annual inflation is now over 140 percent and where two out of five people live in poverty, his victory proves that Argentines are fed up with traditional politics and economic disaster.
His victory means they are ready to try something new in an effort to improve theirs