The victory of the far-right Javier Milei in the Argentine presidential elections has sparked reactions beyond its borders, both among leaders of the region and from figures linked to conservatism, such as former president of the United States Donald Trump or that of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro , among others. “Congratulations to Javier Milei for a great career for the Presidency of Argentina. The whole world was watching! I’m very proud of you. You will turn your country around and truly make Argentina great again!” Trump said through his social network, Truth Social.
For its part, Bolsonaro has “congratulated the Argentine people for the victory” with Milei: “Hope shines again in South America. May these good winds reach the United States and Brazil so that honesty, progress and freedom return to all of us,” he declared in reference to the presence of the Democratic Party in the White House with Joe Biden and the Workers’ Party in the Planalto Palace, by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In Spain, the president of Vox, Santiago Abascalhas congratulated Milei for his “great victory”, considering that “a path of future and hope opens up”: “Long live Spain, long live Argentina, Live free of socialism and sovereign!“, has added.
From Brazil, Lula has avoided mentioning Milei directly, but has “wished good luck and success to the new Government” and has shown his willingness to work together, since “Argentina is a great country and deserves all our respect“. “Democracy is the voice of the people and must always be respected. My congratulations to the Argentine institutions for conducting the electoral process and to the Argentine people who participated in the election day in an orderly and peaceful manner,” he declared. The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, has been saddened because there was “gained the extreme right in Argentina“and added that “neoliberalism no longer has proposals for society, it cannot respond to humanity’s current problems.”
Previously, his predecessor, Iván Duque, has stated that democracy has triumphed, defeating “populism, demagoguery and the Puebla Group”, a political forum made up of representatives of the Latin American and European political left. From Santiago de Chile, the Chilean president, Gabriel Boric, has highlighted that there has been “a democratic day to elect its president for the next four years“, he greeted Milei for his victory and the Peronist candidate and Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, “for his worthy recognition of the defeat.” Thus, he wished “the best” to the Argentine people and promised to work “tirelessly” for collaborate for the well-being of both nations.
The Bolivian president, Luis Arce, has indicated that the “Plurinational State of Bolivia will always be respectful of the democratic will of our people,” wishing “prosperity” to Argentina and “success to its elected president.” On the other hand, the president of Honduras congratulated Milei in a brief statement, and the Peruvian Government, of Dina Boluarte, after a “warm congratulations”, has emphasized the “democratic vocation manifested” in “this successful election day.” . The acting leader of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, has congratulated the far-right extremist on behalf of the Government, wishing him “the greatest success so that he can resolve the pressing problems of his country and make the most appropriate decisions that improve the quality of life of the people.” Argentines”.
While he has considered that it is a good time for the democracies of Latin America, the elected president of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, has invited them to work to strengthen bilateral relations and for “a prosperous future that seeks cooperation.” From Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou has highlighted that they have “a lot to work together and to improve” the ties between the countries; the president of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, has recognized “an exemplary electoral day” and has offered his “cordial and fraternal” hand. In Central America, the Government of Nayib Bukele has expressed its interest in continuing to strengthen its ties, characterized by friendship and cooperation, and the Panamanian leader has shown his confidence in working together. Also, he has mocked Petro’s message.
“From Guatemala we send you the best wishes for your management, which will be beneficial for Argentina and I know that the bilateral relationship will be strengthened in the years to come,” said the outgoing president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei. Venezuela’s opposition leader Maria Corina Machador has congratulated “all Argentines for an exemplary electoral process, and their elected president, Javier Milei”: “The fight for change and Freedom advances in Latin America. Long live Argentina! Long live Venezuela! “, he added. The opposition leaders Juan Guaidó and Henrique Capriles have also reacted to the news, the first has celebrated that “freedom is advancing in the region”, and the second has added that he wishes the best for the country , “also home to many Venezuelans.”
The government of USA has congratulated Milei on his victory in the second round of the elections, in which he received more than 55 percent of the votes, with a margin of more than eleven percentage points over his rival, the Peronist Sergio Massa. “We applaud the solid democratic process through which the Argentine public has spoken. The strong participation and peaceful development of the vote are a testimony to Argentina’s electoral and democratic institutions,” reads a statement from the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. Likewise, he has shown his willingness to work with the president-elect and his government. “on shared priorities that benefit the people of both countries, including protecting human rights and democracy, addressing climate change and investing in the middle class.”
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