Javier Miley won the 2023 election runoff against Sergio Massa and became the new president of Argentina. He took out an almost 11-point advantage over the official candidate of Unión por la Patria. Immediately after Massa conceded defeat, several leaders from around the world, but especially from Latin America, congratulated the representative of La Libertad Avanza for his election. One of them was Luis Lacalle Pou, the president of Uruguay, who claimed to have “a lot to work together and to improve our bilateral relations.”
Another politician who congratulated Milei, but with more effort, was Gustavo Petro, the Colombian president. He said, “I congratulate Javier Miley. And we expect from the progressive Argentine the assessments that allow the Latin American peoples to learn from the lessons of history.”
Minutes later, Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, tweeted congratulations on Milei’s election. Although he did not mention Milei, he did congratulate him on his election.
Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor of the United States, also spoke about the libertarian triumph. In a tweet, the government official of Joe Biden congratulated Milei and “the people of Argentina for holding free and fair elections.” He also mentioned a desire to improve the relationship between the countries.
The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, did not congratulate Milei, but did refer to a tweet that a colleague made about the Argentine elections.
Several other presidents and leaders from Latin America and around the world congratulated Milei on his election, expressing hope for continued cooperation and improvement of bilateral relations.