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ARGENTINA | 19-11-2023 23:14

Elon Musk, Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro hail Javier Milei's win in Argentina

Right-wingers in the Americas cheer Javier Milei's victory over Sergio Massa in Sunday's run-off.

Javier Milei’s resounding victory in Argentina’s presidential election run-off has been cheered by several leading figures from the right in the Americas.

Among those who raced to cheer the result was former US president Donald Trump.

In a post on his social network platform, Truth Social, Trump predicted that Milei would “completely change” Argentina.

"I'm very proud of you. You will completely change your country and make Argentina great again," he wrote in a message before the official results were published.

Milei, a 53-year-old economist, has pledged on the campaign trail that his foreign policy benchmarks will be "America, Israel and the free world" – good news for Washington as it seeks to counter China's influence in the region.

"We don't make pacts with communists," Milei, who defines himself as an anarcho-capitalist, has stated on more than one occasion. 

The libertarian has been happy to be compared to Trump and the stage backdrop from which he delivered his victory speech was remarkably similar to those used by the Republican during his election campaign.

Another political figure who draws comparisons to Milei is former Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who also took to social media to celebrate the result.

"Congratulations to the Argentine people for the victory of Javier Milei. Hope shines again in South America," Bolsonaro said in a message published on X (formerly Twitter). 

The ultra-right-winger added that he hopes the "good winds reach the United States and Brazil" so that "honesty, progress and freedom return."

Also cheering the result was X owner Elon Musk.

Billionaire Musk, who has publicly championed a number of right-wing causes in posts on social media in recent months, responded to a post by an account named ‘EndWokeness’ by declaring “property is ahead for Argentina” – an implicit endorsement of Milei and his plans.


– TIMES/AFP
 

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