Javier Milei will be the new president of Argentina. The ultraliberal candidate won the second round of the election handily, obtaining 56% of the valid votes against 44% for Peronist Sergio Massa, with 87% of the ballots counted. The advantage was much greater than what the polls indicated, which predicted a tight race and an unpredictable result. Milei assumes the presidency on December 10th.
Massa, the government candidate, who faced the electoral campaign with the burden of being the current Minister of Economy in a country in deep crisis, called Milei to recognize the result, “to congratulate him and wish him good luck, because he is the president that the majority of Argentines elected for the next four years”.
“I continue to believe, just as on the first day, that Argentina needs state political agreements, that the educational system, the work system, the system of guarantees, human rights, international relations, must be agreements through which Argentina moves”, said the candidate for the Union for the Fatherland coalition in a speech.
“I understand those who feel disappointment and anger tonight. I want to say personally that I tried to leave my all in this campaign. I did this convinced because I deeply love Argentina, almost with the same intensity with which I love my children”, he continued.
And he ended with an appeal: “May the new generations come. Let us continue to make transitional and democratic change, let thousands of young people continue to fall in love with the fact that Argentina is a great country.”
At Milei’s campaign headquarters, his supporters were having a noisy party and the president-elect was preparing his speech, while he awaited the arrival of former president Mauricio Macri and the candidate defeated in the first round Patricia Bullrich, the main guarantors of his victorious candidacy. .
Javier Milei will occupy Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentine government, from December 10th, the day Alberto Fernández’s term ends. In his first speech, Milei said that this was “a historic night: today the reconstruction of Argentina begins.”
Reactions from Brazil
The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, congratulated the winner of the Argentine election on his account on the social network “communist”. .
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
PT deputy Lindbergh Farias, deputy majority leader in the Chamber of Deputies and deputy leader of the Lula government in the National Congress, was more incisive.
Milei elected president of Argentina. Most ignored the risks of the extreme right in power. Ultra-neoliberal project of hatred and violence will sink Argentina and isolate the country in Latin America and the world. Without a doubt, a historic setback!
— Lindbergh Farias (@lindberghfarias) November 19, 2023
The federal deputy and pre-candidate for mayor of São Paulo, Guilherme Boulos, declared that
The election of Javier Milei is the repetition of a tragedy. It will be a very tough battle, but I have no doubt that our Argentine brothers will resist very firmly the scenes from a film that we already know here in Brazil. No matter where, no matter when, count on us in the fight…
— Guilherme Boulos (@GuilhermeBoulos) November 19, 2023
State deputy Luciana Genro in Rio Grande do Sul was succinct
There will be a lot of fight in Argentina. Milei will not have peace.
— Luciana Genro (@lucianagenro) November 19, 2023
Numerous messages of solidarity appeared on social media from Brazil
The time has come for Argentina to go through the desert that is an extreme right-wing government in a democratic period. Good luck, brothers 😪
— Jeff Nascimento (@jnascim) November 19, 2023
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho