Argentinians voted in a general election on Sunday, with radical economist Javier Milei leading the polls and posing a major challenge to the established Peronist and center-right parties.
Milei, a libertarian who advocates for free markets and limited government, has surged in popularity in recent months, tapping into widespread discontent with Argentina’s economic woes.
The country is grappling with high inflation, a growing debt burden, and a shrinking middle class.
The incumbent Peronist government of President Alberto Fernández is deeply unpopular, and its candidate, Sergio Massa, is trailing Milei in the polls.
The center-right Together for Change coalition is also struggling to gain traction, with its candidate, Patricia Bullrich, seen as too divisive.
A Milei victory would be a major shake-up of Argentina’s political landscape. He has pledged to cut taxes, privatize state-owned companies, and abolish the central bank.
His proposals have been met with alarm by some economists, who warn that they could lead to further economic instability.
However, Milei’s supporters are drawn to his outsider status and his promise to break with the status quo.
The outcome of the election is uncertain. However, a Milei victory would be a major blow to the Peronists and could usher in a period of significant change in Argentina.
In addition to the presidential election, Argentinians are also voting for members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
The results of the election will determine the balance of power in the government and will have a major impact on the country’s future direction.