“Neoliberalism has no more proposals for society; it cannot answer the current problems of the people,” said the head of state of Colombia
However, 20 minutes later, he published a more modest message: “The relationship between Colombia and Argentina and the relationship between their people will be maintained in mutual respect. I congratulate Milei. And we expect from Argentine progressivism assessments that they allow the people of Latin America to learn from the lessons of history.
Las relaciones de Colombia y Argentina, los vínculos entre sus pueblos se mantendrán en el respeto mutuo. Felicito a Milei. Y esperamos del progresimo argentino las valoraciones que le permitan a los pueblos latinoamericanos aprender de las lecciones de la historia.
— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) November 20, 2023
Another left-wing leader who reacted to Milei’s victory in Argentina was the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, whose message showed a more diplomatic structure compared to the initial reaction of his Colombian counterpart.
“Today the Argentine people have a democratic day to choose their president for the next four years. I salute Javier Milei for his victory and Sergio Massa for his well-deserved recognition of defeat. I hope that the Argentines are the best and know that they will always have our respect and support. As President of Chile, I will work tirelessly to maintain the unity of our sister countries and work together for the good of all,” said Boric.
The differences between Boric and Petro’s reactions to Milei’s victory in Argentina have not been overlooked. In fact, many political voices in Colombia have built on the respective comparisons.
Representative Cathy Juvinao described Boric’s reaction as worthy of a president; on the other hand, what the Colombian president wrote, under his reading, corresponds to the opinion of a “tweeter.”
For his part, the former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa, said, “True! What a difference! Boric is respectful of the people and democracy of Argentina and remembers that these are not his personal, emotional opinions but those of a head of state representing a nation.
Without analyzing his concept, former minister Alejandro Gaviria also published images of the publications made by Boric and Petro, leaving the debate open for his followers on the social network X to give their opinion.