Published 11/19/2023 20:54 | Edited 11/20/2023 08:23
The ultraliberal Javier Milei was elected, this Sunday (19), the new president of Argentina. With 91.81% of the votes counted, Milei had 55.86%, against 44.13% for Peronist Sergio Massa.
Through social media, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared: “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.”
Lula also said: “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.”
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez also spoke on social media: “I am a man of democracy, and there is nothing I value more than the popular verdict. I trust that tomorrow we can start working with Javier Milei to ensure an orderly transition.”
Soon after the opponent obtained the majority, Massa publicly recognized the result. In a speech, he stated: “Argentina has a strong and solid democratic system and always respects the results”. He also said that “this was a very long and difficult campaign, with harsh connotations and I hope that respect for those who think differently is established in Argentina”.
Massa also called the president-elect to congratulate him. On social media, Milei posted a short message: “Argentina breathes freedom”. The inauguration of the new president will take place on December 10th.