DLibertarian Javier Mille has won his second term as president of Argentina. Miley won nearly 55.7 percent of the vote in a battle against Sergio Massa, the economy minister of the center-left government. Even before the official election results were known on Sunday evening, post-election polls and leaked interim results cast doubt on Miley’s victory. As Massa returned to the public and admitted his defeat, his fellow campaigners fell into each other’s arms at Mileis’ campaign headquarters. On the street outside the hotel, a crowd of Miley supporters cheered and chanted as Argentina won another World Cup.
Miley took her time and appeared. “Freedom, freedom!” The guests in the hall screamed. “Looks like it,” Millie said with a smile. Argentina’s reconstruction begins today, Miley promised. We return to the ideas of the founding fathers that made Argentina one of the richest countries in the world. Major problems facing the country can only be solved with more freedom. The pattern of inefficiency that has reigned for decades must end. “Argentina has a future, and it’s liberal,” Millay said.
Miley went into the runoff as a slight favorite. However, the latest polls a week before the election predicted a tough contest. In the final phase of the election campaign, voters could not be mobilized from the centre. Different miles. Patricia Bullrich, the candidate of the conservative opposition coalition, was eliminated in the first round and the support of former president Mauricio Macri was a decisive factor. After the first round of voting, without consulting their party, both threw their support behind Miley, justifying this as only Miley could guarantee. In his short speech, Milli thanked Macri and Fulrich for “enabling the change” Argentina needed.
The political horse-trading has begun
It is not known what Macri is demanding in return. After aligning with Macri, Miley took a more conciliatory course and qualified many of his radical demands, such as cutting all social benefits and abolishing several ministries and the central bank. Whether figures from the Macri camp will be included in the future government is a matter of speculation. Everyone is welcome,” Mili said. “It is more important to unite us than to divide us.”
Miley doesn’t just need a strong ally for the election. Even as president, if he wants to fulfill even a small fraction of his promises, he will. His freedom alliance “Freedom Advances” has limited number of seats. However, the traditional conservative coalition around former President Macri has been hit hard in this election. Some observers also talk about a gap. This election will inevitably lead to a realignment of political alliances and power sharing. So it remains to be seen whether Miley will succeed in building a majority. Meanwhile, the Peronist party is being pushed into opposition, which will encourage radical forces around former president and current vice president Cristina Kirchner.
The future president’s cabinet is a big question mark. Argentina’s regime change is just three weeks away. This is a short period of time for a president-elect to fill important positions in government and state, with no political experience or strong party affiliation—perhaps too little, according to Millay’s ideas. At the same time, the economic situation is very tense. Milei herself said the situation in Argentina is dire. Argentina struggles with annual inflation of nearly 150 percent, and four out of ten Argentines are poor. The country is deep in debt and continues to struggle against the next bankruptcy. According to economists, dollarization as promised by Millay will have high social costs. As studies show, such a move does not currently find much support in the economy or among the population. And the reforms that a future president wants to implement, and those that can be supported by a large part of the current opposition, will take time – and the country will run out of time even after a change of government.
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