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Minister Sergio Massa and ultraliberal Javier Millay will face each other in the second round.

Minister Sergio Massa and ultraliberal Javier Millay will face each other in the second round.

Despite the economy and record inflation, the candidate from the government constituency topped the first round with 36.6%. His rival, the anti-establishment candidate, got 30% of the vote.

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Argentina's economy minister and presidential candidate Sergio Massa speaks to his activists after the first round of elections, October 22, 2023, in Buenos Aires.  (Juan Mapromata/AFP)

A centrist minister of the economy, Sergio Massa, is also a radical liberal “Anarcho-Capitalism”, Javier Milei, face each other in the second round of Argentina’s presidential election. On Sunday October 22, the candidate from the Government Constituency (centre-left) topped the first round with 36.6% of the votes, according to provisional results with 97% of the votes counted. His rival, who asks “Tronconer” The state, for its part, got 30% of the votes.

The score confirms Javier Mille’s progress since he burst onto the political scene two years ago, even if it falls short of what polls predicted for him. ex-Argentinian TV debater, Javier Mille entered politics in 2021. Elected vice-president in Buenos Aires, he quickly became popular for his radical proposals and his common threads. “Decagist” against one “Caste Parasite”. His proposals, etc “Dollarizer” The economics of replacing the greenback peso has sown doubt and even concern.

To be elected in the first round, a candidate must receive at least 45% or 40% of the vote, but with a 10% lead over the runner-up. The opposition (centre-right) candidate, former defense minister Patricia Bulrich, defended by former liberal president Mauricio Macri (2015-2019), was eliminated with 23.8%. Sergio Massa and Javier Miele will compete in the second round on November 19, with the inauguration on December 10.

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Argentinians voted in an environment of uncertainty and anxiety since the return to democracy 40 years ago, against a backdrop of chronic debt, the world’s highest inflation (138%) and a persistently depreciating currency. Sergio Massa promised if he was elected to the meeting “Government of National Unity”It would be a first in democratic Argentina and was appealed “To all who share our democratic values”.