Reactions have been mixed as the world reacts to the election of libertarian outsider Javier Milei as the next president of Argentina.
Taking a chance on the eccentric economist’s programme of radical reform after decades of economic stagnation, the Latin American nation handed Milei an overwhelming victory on Sunday.
His election heralds a dramatic shake-up of the country’s economy and institutions amid public anger over high inflation and record poverty rates under the centre-left Peronist coalition.
“I am a man of democracy, and I value nothing more than the popular verdict. I trust that tomorrow we can start working with Javier Milei to guarantee an orderly transition,” said outgoing President Alberto Fernandez.
“I congratulate Javier Milei for bravely representing the will to advance and prosper that lives in the hearts of Argentinians. He knew how to listen to the voice of young people and the fatigue of millions of neglected and impoverished people,” said former President Mauricio Macri.
Reactions from across the globe illustrated that many states are nervous about where Milei might lead the Latin American nation.
Washington’s reaction came via National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who congratulated the president-elect, as well as “the people of Argentina for holding free and fair elections”.
“We look forward to building on our strong bilateral relationship based on our shared commitment to human rights, democratic values, and transparency,” he added.
“Democracy is the voice of the people, and it must always be respected … I wish the new government good luck and success,” said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.”