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Candidate Javier Milei greets his supporters as he arrives at the school where he votes, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 19, 2023.

REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Milei’s victory plunges Argentina into uncharted waters

Far-right libertarian Javier Milei is set to become president of Argentina after defeating Economy Minister Sergio Massa in Sunday’s runoff election. With over 90% of the ballots counted, Milei leads the vote count 56% to 44%, and Massa has conceded defeat.

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An Argentinian flag waves outside the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace ahead of the November 19 runoff election, in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 15, 2023.

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It’s gonna be a nail-biter in Argentina

Would you promote an economy minister to be president if he’d delivered 140% inflation? You might if the other option was “shock therapy.” That’s the choice facing Argentines this Sunday as they vote in a runoff election between Sergio Massa, the economy minister of the ruling party, and libertarian wildcard candidate Javier Millei, who wants to “blow up” the country’s political lethargy.

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Argentine Economy Minister Sergio Massa leads in Sunday's first-round elections.


Peronists stage surprise comeback in Argentina

Argentina came closer to electing a new president on Sunday. In the first round of run-off elections, Peronist Economy Minister Sergio Massa defied expectations, clinching 36.7% of the vote to finish ahead of populist firebrand Javier Milei’s 30% and conservative candidate Patricia Bullrich’s 23.8%, with most ballots counted. The top two contenders will face off in a final round of voting on Nov. 19.

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Supporters of Argentina's presidential candidate Patricia Bullrich of Juntos por el Cambio party attend the closing event of her electoral campaign ahead of the October 22 general election, in Buenos Aires, Argentina October 19, 2023.

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Argentina’s wild presidential election

Argentines will vote on Sunday in the country’s most unpredictable, topsy-turvy election in recent memory.

The leading candidate is shaggy-haired firebrand Javier Milei, a social-media-savvy political outsider who describes himself as an “anarcho-capitalist.” Milei wants to radically shrink the government, adopt the US dollar, and ban sex education.

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