Opposition Argentine Candidate Milei Shakes Up Politics Ahead of Elections

Objectivity 3.9 | Credibility 4.7 | Relevance 4.8

Argentine congressman Javier Milei unexpectedly won a primary presidential election, the largest share with over 90% of ballots counted. Milei is an outspoken right wing candidate, opposes gun control, supports limited abortion, and promises to protect children’s lives from conception. He criticizes sex education, denies climate change, and targets the left. Despite his provocative style, his primary performance exceeded polls by 10 percentage points, potentially impacting the peso’s value. His supporters celebrated his success as a true opposition force for real change. Other candidates, Patricia Bullrich and Sergio Massa, will compete in the presidential election’s first round on October 22. A possible second round, scheduled for November 19, looms due to the tight race among the top three contenders. Similar anti-establishment upsets occurred in Colombia and Chile.