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Peronist Candidate Sergio Massa to Face Far-Right Populist in Argentina Presidential Runoff

HeadlineOct 23, 2023

In Argentina, centrist presidential candidate Sergio Massa and far-right populist Javier Milei are headed to a runoff after neither candidate received the number of votes required to declare victory in Sunday’s election. Massa took a surprising lead over Milei, who had previously secured the most support in August’s primary. Massa is Argentina’s economy minister and a member of the Peronist ruling party, which has been widely criticized over the nation’s soaring inflation and poverty. Massa addressed supporters Sunday night in Buenos Aires.

Sergio Massa: “I want to tell each Argentinian that I will be the president of work and security, above anything else. This is my biggest commitment.”

Meanwhile, Milei is an admirer of former U.S. President Trump and has vowed to shutter Argentina’s central bank, opposes sex education, wants to facilitate the purchasing of guns and is a climate crisis denier. He also spoke last night from Buenos Aires.

Javier Milei: “All countries that embrace the ideas of liberalism progress, while those who follow populist ideas unite in misery.”

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