Javier Milei, a name that’s buzzing in Argentina’s political scene, has just been elected as Argentina’s new president.
Five things you must know about Javier Milei, Argentina’s new president
Tagged South America’s rendition of Donald Trump, Milei ascended to the most powerful seat in Argentina with 55.69% of the vote, forcing his arch-rival and finance minister Sergio Massa to forfeit his 44.3% votes.
“Today the reconstruction of Argentina begins. Today is a historic night for Argentina,” Milei bellowed at his headquarters in Buenos Aires following the announcement of his victory.
Let’s dive into five key things you should know about him:
1. A Diverse Background
Milei, born and raised in Buenos Aires, has a story that’s as unique as his personality.
His early life was a blend of different experiences – from being a goalkeeper for Chacarita Juniors to enduring a challenging family life marred by parental abuse as a child. Known as El Loco in his school days, he certainly has always stood out from the crowd.
2. Academic and Economist Career
Despite the negative press he’s received, the guy isn’t just all talk; he’s got the brains to back it up.
Milei holds multiple degrees in economics and has been a professor for over two decades. He’s delved deep into economic growth and has written numerous academic papers.
Before stepping into politics, he held prominent roles in various financial and governmental organisations.
3. Media Savvy
A considerable part of why he won over the hearts of Argentina’s majority can be attributed to his uncanny ability to work the media in his favour.
Not only has he authored several books, but he’s also a familiar face on TV, known for his fiery debates and unapologetic rhetoric. His radio show Demoliendo Mitos (Demolishing Myths) further showcases his ability to engage with the public and share his unfiltered views.
4. Political Journey
Milei’s political rise has been nothing short of dramatic. He’s known for his aggressive style in debates and has been involved in various controversies.
Despite this, he’s garnered significant support, especially among younger voters who resonate with his frank communication style and his stance against what he calls the political caste.
5. Bold Election Campaigns and Promises
Milei’s election campaigns have been unique, to say the least. From his straightforward approach in the neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires to his promise of not supporting any new taxes, he’s made some bold claims.
He even went as far as raffling off his salary as a national deputy.
Milei is a blend of intellect, media savviness, and a knack for stirring the political pot. His presidency is likely to be as unconventional as his path to it.
Whether he’s a breath of fresh air or a controversial figure, one thing’s for sure – Argentine politics just got a lot more interesting