Argentina far-right candidate leads presidential primary
August 14, 2023 - Argentine voters punished the country’s two main political forces in a primary election on Sunday, pushing far-right outsider Javier Milei into first place.
With some 90% of ballots counted, Milei had 30.5% of the vote, far higher than predicted, with the main conservative opposition bloc behind on 28% and the ruling Peronist coalition in third place on 27%.
The result is a stinging rebuke to the centre-left Peronist coalition and the main Together for Change conservative opposition bloc with inflation at 116% and a cost-of-living crisis leaving four in 10 people in poverty.
Voting in the primaries is obligatory for most adults and each person gets one vote, making it in effect a dress rehearsal for the Oct. 22 general election and giving a clear indication of who is the favourite to win the presidency, Reuters said.