Far-right outsider Milei wins Argentina presidential run-off poll
November 20, 2023 - Far-right libertarian outsider Javier Milei has won Argentina’s presidential run-off, vowing “drastic” changes to the country’s economic strategy amid its worst crisis in two decades.
Milei won 55.7 per cent of the vote, against 44.3 per cent for economy minister Sergio Massa of the centre-left Peronist government, with over 99 per cent of votes counted.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Mr Milei on his victory, saying he would “Make Argentina Great Again!”.
Milei is pledging economic shock therapy. His plans include shutting the central bank, ditching the peso, and slashing spending, potentially painful reforms that resonated with voters angry at the economic malaise.