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Smart Take | Javier Milei Wins Argentine Presidential Election Decisively: Now What?

November 21, 20232:03

Right-wing populist Javier Milei won Argentina’s presidential election Sunday, inheriting an economy rife with inflation, poverty, and fiscal instability. Benjamin Gedan, Director of the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program, comments on the election results and Argentina’s future. He provides insights into why voters handed Milei a decisive victory, describes the economic challenges the new president has inherited, and says it will be difficult for Milei to move his agenda forward due to a lack of support in Congress.


Benjamin Gedan

Benjamin Gedan

Director, Latin America Program, Wilson Center
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