Skip to comments.Argentina holds breath as far-right Milei seizes narrow runoff advantage (ELECTION DAY...)
Posted on 11/19/2023 10:19:04 AM PST by RandFan
Argentina is teetering on the brink of an unpredictable new political era this weekend with an erratic far-right populist known as “El Loco” (the Madman) the slight favourite to become president of South America’s second-largest economy in Sunday’s election.
As polls opened on Sunday morning against a backdrop of soaring inflation and widespread poverty, analysts believed Javier Milei, a TV celebrity turned congressman, held a slender advantage over his rival, the finance minister, Sergio Massa, but said the result was too close to call.
Massa, a centrist member of Alberto Fernández’s incumbent Peronist administration, unexpectedly won last month’s first round, with 9.8m votes to Milei’s 8m. But since then Milei – a climate-denying provocateur often compared to the far-right populists Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro – has been endorsed by several influential conservatives, including former president Mauricio Macri and the third-place candidate, Patricia Bullrich, who had previously condemned Milei’s “bad and dangerous” proposals.
Milei has dialled down his inflammatory rhetoric in the weeks since October’s vote, hoping to seduce voters put off by his radical ideas, which include closing more than a dozen ministries, cutting ties with Argentina’s two biggest trade partners, Brazil and China, and condemning the pope as “a lefty son of a bitch”.
“This is the most important election in the last 100 years,” Milei declared this week, urging voters to evict the “delinquent” Peronist politicians who have governed Argentina for 16 of the last 20 years “and have ruined our lives”.
He said: “Let hope overcome fear. The hope of a better country exists.”
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Good luck to Milei !
Repeat after me:
There are only “far right” politicians.
There is no such thing as a “far left” politician.
Yep the “Centrist” candidate is the one responsible for the mess of a country. Go figure.
Radical?! Sounds pretty good to me.
Sign me up
All ‘left’ is “far left”. Fundamentally all on the left are in favor of totalitarianism - just as long as what is being dictated is what they agree with.
What could it hurt Argentinians to try someone different?
Get out the Guardian decoder ring:
Far right = decent human being
Centrist = Authoritarian tyrant.
Anyone the Guardian likes is far left.
You know what they call “middle of the road”?
Establishing the worker's state, nationalizing all industry, eliminating political opposition, collectivizing agriculture and ensuring that all children are brought up with a Marxist outlook are not good reasons to use quotes around the word Centrist in your post. Isn't that what all centrist candidates do?
Yep, they just can’t help themselves with trying to brand a person who isn’t a leftist and baby killer, a far right kook.
Will they have their own Jan. 6?
The thing is their over the top hysterical article is so funny it’s on FRs front page. It’s worth it.
And they wonder why millions are going to vote for Milei today
If Milei pulls this off and wins the election, it will be interesting to see if he actually takes power, the leftist in South America and all over the world won’t give up power willingly, he could end up with a Brazilian necktie or some of fate where he will assume room temperature.
Remember in Spain recently the leader of the conservative right party was shot in the face and killed.
Better be more than narrow if they want to win.
I like this guy already hope he wins
Meathead to Archie: “You talk like Nixon rules by divine right”. Archie responds: “Its a hell of a lot better than your divine left”.
Yeah, the ‘non-radical’ rampant government spending which led to 124% inflation is sooo much better.
“Far right”. So is that like a moderate conservative?
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