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Who is Javier Milei, the new president of Argentina

Economist Javier Milei (La Libertad Avanza) was elected president of Argentina this Sunday (19).

The libertarian turned the tables on Sergio Massa, his opponent, after finishing second in the first round. On December 10, he takes over Casa Rosada, which will be under his command for four years.

Who is Javier Milei

Born in the Palermo neighborhood, in Buenos Aires, on October 22, 1970, Milei had a childhood marked by controversial moments in his family, which he himself recognized in a program on the Argentine channel “Telefé”.

Although the relationship with her parents was not good, Milei found support in her sister.

The economist recognizes that Karina Milei is the person who knows him best and is “the great architect” of his political events. Milei told different media outlets that if she becomes president, she will play the role of first lady.

Journalist Juan Luis González is one of the researchers behind the unauthorized biography of the economist, entitled “El Loco”. He told CNN that Javier Milei’s time at Colégio Cardenal Copello, in Villa Devoto, was marked by bullying.

To prepare the book, the author guarantees that he spoke with the presidential candidate’s schoolmates and they all agreed with the memory of a withdrawn and silent boy who was the target of constant jokes.

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Connection with football

In the 1980s, Milei tried to be a goalkeeper in the youth teams of the Argentine football club Chacarita Juniors. “I’m not a Chacarita fan, but I became part of the professional team in 1989”, confessed the economist in an interview with “Urbana Play FM” radio, in Buenos Aires.

And when it comes to football, another information appears: Milei went from having a box and a star at the Museo de la Pasión Boquense, of Boca Juniors, to a fan in favor of River Plate winning the 2018 Copa Libertadores final, played between the two rivals.

According to him, his passion for the traditional Buenos Aires club cooled with the retirement of striker Martín Palermo, in 2011, and because he disagreed with decisions made by former president Daniel Angelici.

Javier Milei and Victoria Villarruel, candidates for President and Vice-Presidency of Argentina

Presidential race

From 2018 onwards, Milei’s rise appeared in the main Argentine media, with the dissemination of his “liberal libertarian” speech, as he usually calls it.

The big leap in his political career came in 2020, when he announced his candidacy for President in the 2023 elections.

This step paved the way for his coalition, La Libertad Avanza, to win two seats in the Chamber of Deputies the following year, occupied by him and his vice-presidential candidate, Victoria Villarruel.

His main campaign proposals are the dollarization of the Argentine economy in stages, the reduction of state spending and the privatization of public companies.

On the labor front, he proposes the end of severance pay to reduce labor costs, but two of the proposals that have generated the most controversy are in the security sphere: the deregulation of gun ownership and the militarization of prisons.

*Published by Marina Toledo

Source: CNN Brasil

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