A right-wing populist typically in comparison with Donald Trump, Milei is described as extra of a rock star than a politician
Libertarian economist Javier Milei has defeated Financial system Minister Sergio Massa to change into president-elect of Argentina. Milei’s financial proposals are radical, however the populist chief’s private life – from his ardour for
“tantric intercourse” to his cloned “four-legged kids” – has drawn equal controversy.
An outsiderMilei is a newcomer to politics, forming the Liberty Advances coalition in 2021 and successful election to Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies that very same 12 months. His 2021 marketing campaign provided a preview of what would comply with on this 12 months’s presidential marketing campaign, with Milei denouncing his leftist rivals as “ineffective parasites who’ve by no means labored,” and vowing to “kick these criminals out.”
Earlier than getting into the political enviornment, Milei was a outstanding economist and writer, and an everyday visitor on tv debates. Milei was a combative debater, and infrequently unleashed foul-mouthed tirades towards his opponents, infamously referring to Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta as a
“disgusting piece of s**t,” and the governor of Buenos Aires province as a “diabolical dwarf.
A transparent victoryMilei defeated Massa by virtually 56% to 44% of the vote in a runoff election on Sunday, regardless of pre-election opinion polling displaying him with a razor-thin lead over the economic system minister, and Massa successful 36% of the vote to Milei’s 30% within the first spherical.
Leftists have dominated Argentinian politics for greater than half a century, with Peronist candidates – like Massa – successful 10 out of 13 elections they’ve been allowed to take part in since 1946. Because the finish of Argentina’s army dictatorship in 1983, Peronists have held energy for a complete of 28 years.
During the last decade, inflation has soared to just about 150%, the variety of Argentinians residing in poverty has risen to 40%, and the peso has fallen to a report low towards the US greenback. With Massa inextricably linked to this decline, analysts have mentioned that many usually left-wing voters sided with Milei, seeing him as a shock therapist able to revitalizing the flagging economic system.
Radical reformsMilei describes himself as an “anarcho-capitalist,” championing the free market and viewing authorities intervention within the economic system as encroaching on private freedom. All through his marketing campaign, Milei often brandished a chainsaw, a dramatic illustration of his guarantees to slash social spending, shut down the nation’s central financial institution, and scale back the variety of authorities ministries by greater than half. Milei has additionally vowed to raise capital controls, finish authorities safety of nationwide industries, and ultimately abandon the peso in favor of the US greenback.
A wild personaFamed for his distinctive shaggy mop of grey hair and his tendency to burst into track throughout political rallies, Milei has been painted within the media as extra of a “rock star” than a standard politician. Milei has carried out little to dispel this picture, boasting of his previous as a “tantric intercourse teacher” and his involvement in a number of “threesomes” throughout a chat present look in 2020. Milei has by no means been married, and lives with 5 English Mastiffs, which he had cloned from a now-deceased canine named Conan, after Conan the Barbarian. Milei has described the 200-pound canines as his “four-legged kids,” and based on his unofficial biographer, Juan Luis Gonzalez, makes use of a psychic to seek the advice of Conan for political recommendation. Pressed on this by a reporter, Milei mentioned that “what I do with my religious life and in my home is my enterprise. If Conan advises me on politics, it means that he’s the very best marketing consultant of humanity.”Milei additionally moonlights as a superhero, showing at a number of comedian con occasions in Argentina dressed as ‘Basic AnCap’, a personality of his personal creation whose function on Earth, based on Milei, is to “kick Keynesians and collectivists within the ass.”
Mates and enemiesMilei’s outsider standing, populist platform, and liberal use of insults have seen him in comparison with former US President Donald Trump. Like Trump, Milei has reveled in upsetting the highly effective, saving his most scornful rhetoric for these he perceives as “communists.”He has referred to Pope Francis on numerous events as a “Jesuit who promotes communism,” and a “communist turd,” referred to local weather change as a “neo-Marxist lie,” and threatened to chop off diplomatic relations with “communist” China and Brazil. Moreover, amid Israel’s ongoing invasion of Gaza, Milei informed the Instances of Israel on Sunday that he has “emphatically expressed” help for the Israeli army, and would transfer Argentina’s embassy within the Jewish state from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In a continent dominated by leftist leaders, Milei’s election was met with a combined response. In a post-election message on social media, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva refused to say Milei by identify, writing that
“democracy is the voice of the folks and should at all times be revered.” Colombian President Gustavo Petro described Milei’s victory as “unhappy for Latin America.”
Trump, alternatively, declared that he was
“very proud” of Milei, and that the president-elect “will actually make Argentina Nice Once more.” In the same put up on social media, Brazil’s former right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, declared that “hope is shining once more in South America.”