In a surprising turn of events, a right-wing populist leader, secured 56 per cent of the votes in Argentina's presidential election.
The leader, Javier Milei, who vowed to ‘blow up’ the system, is all set to become the country’s next president.
From TV Personality to President-Elect
Javier Milei, wasn't always in politics. He first gained attention as a TV personality known for discussing economics and making bold statements.
His political journey began in 2021 when he entered congress with his party, Libertad Avanza (Freedom Advances), shocking many with substantial voter support.
Milei's background includes diverse roles like a TV figure, a soccer club goalkeeper, and even a member of a Rolling Stones tribute band.
His move to become an economist coincided with a time of economic instability in Argentina.
Milei's political ideas mix right-wing populism with libertarian principles.
He proposes abolishing central banks, adopting the dollar, and relaxing gun laws.
However, his stances on issues like climate change, Argentina's history, and even suggesting the sale of organs have sparked debates.
Known for his dramatic approach, Milei has used chainsaws at rallies to symbolise his intent to 'attack the system.'
He also smashed a model of the central bank with a medieval-style war hammer in a campaign video, emphasising his disdain for the established political order.
Milei's unapologetic and unconventional style resonated with a frustrated electorate, leading to what experts call a 'protest vote.'
However, many in Argentina see him as a disruptor, promising a new era for the country.
As he gears up to take charge, Milei faces the challenge of turning his bold promises into actions.
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