Monday, July 15, 2024

Argentines Elect Far-Right Libertarian as Next President in Lurch to the Right

On Sunday, Argentines selected Javier Milei, a far-right libertarian, as their next president in a move to the right during the economic crisis in the country. Javier Milei, 53, is an economist and former television personality but has no political experience. He won 56 percent of the vote, defeating Sergio Massa, a center-left economy minister. His proposals include slashing spending and taxes, closing Argentina’s central bank, and adopting the US dollar as the nation’s currency. He has also suggested banning abortion and loosening regulations on guns and aligning with countries “fighting against socialism,” such as the United States and Israel.
The election of Mr. Milei mirrors the global far-right movement’s rise but has also sparked concern about the nation’s democracy and the impact his victory will have on its economy. Despite his victory, some argue that Mr. Milei’s promises for drastic changes lack the necessary political support and economic conditions. Nonetheless, voters desperate for change have put their faith in Mr. Milei, given their dissatisfaction with Peronism, the political movement that has held the presidency for most of the last 20 years.

Mr. Milei has faced criticism for his extreme comments and eccentric personality. His running mate, Victoria Villarruel, has been criticized for defending the dictatorship. Despite these criticisms, Mr. Milei won the election and will be sworn in as president on December 10th.

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