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Between reservations and hope, the world reacts to the election of Javier Milei

2023-11-20T02:44:52.839Z

Highlights: Far-right politicians see it as a boost for their own political projects, Elon Musk interprets it as left-wing "debacle" trend. All eyes were on the elections because during the campaign the far-right candidate had launched attacks against China, the main trading partner, Brazil or Pope Francis. During the campaign, Milei had said he would break off relations with Brazil as a communist regime, even though it is one of his most important trading partners and strategic allies in the region. Other leaders whose countries border Argentina have focused on cooperation and joint work.


Far-right politicians see it as a boost for their own political projects, Elon Musk interprets it as a left-wing "debacle" trend


Javier Milei greets supporters before his speech on November 19 in Buenos Aires.Juan Ignacio Roncoroni (EFE)

On one side of the ideological spectrum, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Gustavo Petro; on the other, Jair Bolsonaro, Elon Musk and Santiago Abascal, the reactions of politicians and personalities from around the world reflect the extremes from which the election of Javier Milei as the new president-elect of Argentines is observed.

All eyes were on the elections because during the campaign the far-right candidate had launched attacks against China, the main trading partner, Brazil or Pope Francis. In addition, because the results put into play the basic consensus achieved in recent decades in Argentina after overcoming the dictatorship. That is why the word democracy was one of the first to appear in international reactions.

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Donald Trump

The former U.S. president has congratulated Javier Milei on his own social network, Truth Social. "Congratulations to Javier Milei on a great run for the presidency of Argentina," he wrote in . "The whole world was watching! I'm so proud of you. You're going to change your country and really make Argentina great again!"

Lula

Without naming him, Brazil's Lula has insisted that Milei keep it. "Democracy is the voice of the people. It must always be respected. I wish the new government luck. Brazil will always be available to work with our Argentine friends," Lula wrote on X (formerly Twitter). During the campaign, Milei had said he would break off relations with Brazil as a communist regime, even though it is one of his most important trading partners and strategic allies in the region.

Gustavo Petro

Colombia's president, Gustavo Petro, who also spoke early on the results, but without mentioning Milei. "The extreme right has won in Argentina; it's your society's decision. Sad for Latin America and we'll see... neoliberalism no longer has a proposal for society," he wrote on his social network X and later clarified that relations between the two countries "will be maintained in mutual respect." "We expect from Argentina's progressives the assessments that allow the Latin American peoples to learn from the lessons of history," Petro added.

Luis Almagro

The OAS secretary general did congratulate Milei and wished him success in his administration. "We hope to continue strengthening ties of cooperation for prosperity and democracy in Argentina," Almagro wrote even before Milei delivered his victory speech.

Jair Bolsonaro and Santiago Abascal

The far-right former Brazilian president said that, with Milei's victory, "hope is shining again in South America." Words similar to those used by Santiago Abascal, the leader of Vox, the Spanish far-right party. "Today opens a path of future and hope for Argentines and all of Ibero-America that we celebrate in Spain with special joy," Abascal wrote. Both Bolsonaro and Abascal hope that what happened in Argentina will expand to the United States, Brazil and Spain.

Elon Musk

But one of the most striking reactions was that of tycoon Elon Musk, owner of X (formerly Twitter), Tesla and Spaceship. In one of his tweets in response to another celebrating Milei's victory, Musk wrote on his own X account: "Argentina has prosperity ahead of it," he wrote. The ultra-liberal businessman also responded to another tweet that spoke of Milei's victory as the beginning of the debacle for the left in other parts of the world. "I think [it's] a trend," Musk added.

Gabriel Boric and Luis Lacalle Pou

Other leaders whose countries border Argentina have focused on cooperation and joint work. Gabriel Boric, president of Chile, not only greeted Milei but also highlighted the "dignified recognition of defeat" of Peronist Sergio Massa. "As President of Chile, I will work tirelessly to keep our sister nations united and collaborating for the well-being of all." And from nearby Uruguay, its president, Luis Lacalle Pou, spoke of working together and "improving" bilateral relations with Argentina.

United States

The U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Marc Stanley, also emphasized "the protection of human rights and democracy, the fight against climate change, the improvement of the investment climate, and investment in the middle class." The diplomat said he hopes they will work together "on shared priorities that benefit the people of our two countries."

Source: elparis

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