Argentina The last hours pass before the runoff that will decide who will be the president for the next four years: the ruling party and Minister of Economy Sergio Massa or the libertarian Javier Milei. From Uruguay, The neighboring electoral process has been closely observed due to the implications that the political line of one candidate or another may have on the national economy; especially regarding the controversial and often controversial leader of Freedom Advances.
The ex-president Jose Mujica has already referred on several occasions to the electoral process in Argentina and, mostly, the presidential candidate who proposes dollarization and the elimination of the central bank as pillars of his campaign. In one of his last statements on the matter, he said that Milei seems to him “a monkey with a machine gun.”
“I think (Javier Milei) is dangerous,” Mujica assessed prior to the general elections, when the surprise of the significant flow of votes that the libertarian had obtained was still lasting; and he assured that the type of economic policies that the La Libertad Avanza candidate seeks to carry out in an eventual government are distorting for society. He even compared the situation Argentina with the Weimar Republic prior to the rise to power of Adolf Hitler.
On the contrary, he has already publicly shown his support for Sergio Massa with a video that he shared on social networks, and different statements: not only did he emphasize that the neighboring country needs to “structure national unity” – the main proposal of the current Minister of Economy – but he was clear in saying that “I would vote for Massa with both hands.”
“It seems to me that he inclines a step of hope with his open attitude of dialogue and inclusion and not of contempt and crushing. Good luck Argentines, good luck, good luck to all Latin Americans; for the Argentine people and for us, those of us who live close to the Argentina”, Mujica concluded.
Another leader who referred to the neighboring elections was the mayor of cannelloni and presidential candidate for Broad Front, Yamandú Orsi, who admitted not understanding Javier Milei, although “being the president of Argentina implies having a number of votes that, if questioned, I should be a little ashamed.” For his part, he acknowledged having a personal relationship and bond with Sergio Massa from the time he was mayor of Tiger and that kind of affinity unites me.”
“But for Uruguayan life the good thing is that there is Argentine economic stability that guarantees us as a region to be able to go out together. That’s why I lean more towards those who say that it is good to work with the region and that it allows us to go out into the world with a different head,” he added.
The opinion of the ruling party
For his part, the president Luis Lacalle Pou has also referred to the runoff in Argentina, although without showing favoritism towards any candidate in particular. For the president, his position is “let the one who does better for my country win,” for which he said that he takes into account bilateral relations and the position on the Mercosur. “Whoever wins we will sit down and talk,” he added.
On the lines of the Multicolor Coalition, However, the greatest opinions about the elections occurred after the Simultaneous and Mandatory Open Primaries (PASO), where the surprise was the large flow of votes gathered by Milei. One of those who showed concern at that time was the former president and leader of the Colorado Party, Julio María Sanguinetti, who described the far-right as “unpredictable”. “Someone who goes so far as to say that he is going to break off relations with China and Brazil, even if he was drunk, because the truth is, not even someone who is drunk can say such things,” said the former head of state. His position regarding the runoff was not defined, however, since in the general elections he had supported the also opposition Patricia Bullrich —who now allied himself with Milei for the second round—, while he had pointed out the “failure of the Kirchnerist project.”
To the president of Open Town Hall, Guillermo Domenech, At that time he was not enthusiastic about any candidate but he was worried about the volatile character of the leader of La Libertad Avanza. “Whoever assumes the destiny of a country as important as Argentina He has to be a balanced person, and I don’t see him as a measured person,” he explained then.