Argentina opened polling stations just over two hours ago. This is the first round of presidential and legislative elections in which the best favorite in the polls is far-right Javier Milei. Argentines may break with traditional politics and support a candidate who promises to dollarize the economy.
They are the most uncertain elections in the last four decades of democracy. Javier Milei is the candidate with the most options according to the polls. He wooed voters with inflammatory speeches promising more measures to solve Argentina’s problems.
Who is Milei?
Milei, the ‘Peluca’ as some call him, was a true unknown to most of the previous presidential elections in 2019, despite all the historic efforts he made in television programs, from which he defends his libertarian theses to obtain not only. Argentina from a severe economic crisis, but also the entire ruling class that governs the country.
Rolling Stones fan; former goalkeeper of Chacarita Juniors; He lives with four English mastiffs, which he calls his “sons”, in addition to keeping Conan, another dead dog, stuffed; His romantic partner is Fátima Florez, a comedian whose characters impersonate Cristina Fernández.
During the campaign, he even proposed the creation of a market to promote the buying and selling of organs, and his rejection of State intervention justified his vote against a law that detected congenital heart disease in those child before birth because it means more presence. state and public cat.
He leads with the most votes in the primaries (with 29.86%), advocates using a symbolic ‘chainsaw’ to reduce the structure of the State, dollarize the economy, privatize public companies and eliminate bureaucratic requirements to facilitate access to weapons and organs. donation. In addition, it denies climate change and that during the military dictatorship (1976-1983) 30,000 people disappeared.
Half of Argentines put efficiency over democracy
According to a survey released on the eve of the presidential election, half of Argentines put efficiency before democracy and 50% agree that the Government is not democratic as long as their problems are solved.
Argentines increasingly prefer a leader who obeys the law, even if he is not strong: 77% now compared to 68% in 2004, according to this study, prepared by the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Austral de Buenos Aires, the demographics. company Poliarquía Consultores and the Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires.
Most of the latest surveys of voting intentions before the presidential election now predict that there will be a second round of elections in November to determine who will govern the country from December 10 and for four year term.