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International Leaders React to Milei’s Victory


Nov 20, 2023

The ultra-liberal Javier Milei won Argentina’s presidential elections with 54 percent of the votes against the Peronist Sergio Massa, which has sparked reactions beyond Argentina’s borders. World leaders and conservative figures, such as former U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, have reacted to Milei’s victory. Trump congratulated Milei and stated his pride in the new president’s ability to turn the country around for the better. Bolsonaro expressed hope for positive change in South America and invited Milei to work together on shared interests.

The Biden administration also congratulated Milei and invited him to work together on the economy, human rights, democracy, and combating the climate crisis. In Latin America, reactions to Milei’s triumph have been mixed. Mexico’s Foreign Minister congratulated Argentina and expressed a readiness to work with the new Argentine government. Meanwhile, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has not publicly commented on Milei’s victory.

Guatemala’s president and Honduras’ president praised the Argentine people for a peaceful election, with the former publicly congratulating Milei. El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele used Milei’s victory to mock Colombian leftist Gustavo Petro. Furthermore, Venezuela’s opposition leader Maria Corina Machado also congratulated Milei, stating that the fight for change and freedom was advancing in Latin America.

Milei’s victory has also prompted congratulations within Argentina, with former President Mauricio Macri expressing hope for change and rejecting continuity.

Within the borders of his country, congratulations have also poured in for the new elected president of Argentina. The former president of Argentina Mauricio Macri, whose candidate Patricia Bullrich lost in the first round,had opted for Milei: “The majority of Argentines today expressed themselves forcefully, choosing change and rejecting continuity,” he says in a ‘post’ X. “There is no doubt that an era begins today. “That gives us hope,” he says.

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