Ties between Spain's ultra-conservative Vox party and Argentina's president-elect Javier Milei are growing ever closer. The leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, travelled to Buenos Aires this weekend to attend Milei's inauguration and met with him on the eve of the transfer of power. "Endearing reunion in Buenos Aires with the already president of the Argentine Nation, Javier Milei," the Vox leader wrote on his X account, formerly Twitter.
Abascal wanted to make it clear that the harmony between the two is maintained despite Milei's change of discourse, which has eradicated from his public messages the insults against "shitty lefties" and "murderous communists" that made him known in Argentina and that he maintained well into the campaign. "Irrevocably twinned in the cultural and political battle for freedom and against leftist ruin," Abascal said in a tweet that he accompanied with a photo of the two with their thumbs up. The leader of La Libertad Avanza later retweeted the message on his social networks.
The relationship between Abascal and Milei has intensified since the Argentine economist launched his presidential race. Milei participated in October 2022 in the great party of the ultra Spanish party, at the Madrid Trade Fair. A delegation from Vox made up of the director of the Disenso foundation, Jorge Martín Frías, and the Madrid Forum, Eduardo Cader, both linked to the ultra party, traveled to Buenos Aires for the presidential runoff. Frías and Cader were greeted by Milei on the same election night that his resounding victory was announced.
The initial link was the vice president-elect, Victoria Villarruel. In August 2019, the then secretary general of Vox, Javier Ortega Smith, participated in an event with Villarruel at the Military Circle of Buenos Aires, in which both defended the need to give "the cultural battle" to the left. Villarruel was then president of the Center for Legal Studies on Terrorism and its Victims (CELTYV), which minimized the crimes of the Argentine military juntas, as Vox did in Spain with those of the Franco regime. Milei adopted Villarruel's discourse during the election campaign, contradicted by court rulings that have condemned the systematic extermination plan carried out by the military regime.
Milei refuses to identify himself as far-right, but cultivates ties with some of the world's leading figures in this current, such as Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, also present in Buenos Aires, and the American Donald Trump, who has expressed his intention to travel to the Argentine capital in the future. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will also be present at Sunday's inauguration.
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