International reactions are multiplying after the victory of the ultraliberal and anti-system candidate Javier Milei, elected this Sunday, November 19 with 56% of the votes. It is an understatement to say that they are contrasting, as the TV star who arrived in politics just a few years ago is so divisive.
“I wish good luck and success to the new government,” simply declared his neighbor, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. He did not name him in his congratulatory message broadcast on X, whom his now counterpart had described as a “corrupt communist”. Former Brazilian far-right president Jair Bolsonaro was much more enthusiastic than his successor, believing that “hope shines again” with the election of Javier Milei. He added that he hoped that “good winds would reach the United States and Brazil” so that “honesty, progress and freedom return.”
His victory also delighted former US President Donald Trump: “I am very proud of you. You will transform your country and make Argentina great again,” he wrote on his Truth Social network – even before the publication of the official results.
American Secretary of State Antony Blinken sees the glass half full, believing that this election is a “testimony” to the solidity of “Argentina's electoral and democratic institutions”, welcoming “the strong participation and the conduct peaceful vote. He added that the United States “looks forward to working with President-elect Milei and his administration on shared priorities.”
The President of Chile Gabriel Boric praised “Javier Milei for his victory and Sergio Massa for having worthily recognized his defeat.” “To the people of Argentina, I wish the best and I know you will always have our respect and support. As president of Chile, I will work tirelessly to keep our sister nations united,” the left-wing president said in his congratulatory message.
“The far right won in Argentina, it was their society’s decision. It’s sad for Latin America and we’ll see,” lamented Colombian President Gustavo Petro, from the radical left. However, he congratulated Javier Milei and promised that "the relations between Colombia and Argentina, the links between their peoples will be maintained with mutual respect." “We expect from Argentine progressivism the assessments that will allow the Latin American peoples to learn the lessons of history.”
The left-wing president of Chile Gabriel Boric, for his part, praised “Javier Milei for his victory and Sergio Massa for having worthily recognized his defeat”. “To the people of Argentina, I wish the best and I know you will always have our respect and support. As President of Chile, I will work tirelessly to keep our sister nations united,” he added.
“On behalf of the Paraguayan people, I salute the brotherly Argentine people for this exemplary election day,” declared Paraguay’s conservative President Santiago Peña. “I congratulate Javier Milei on his victory and I offer the cordial and fraternal hand of Paraguay to strengthen relations between our countries. To the great Argentine people, greetings,” added the economist.
China on Monday congratulated Javier Milei on his election to the presidency of Argentina and said it wanted to continue to develop trade relations between the two countries, which the ultraliberal candidate had said he wanted to end. Beijing wants to “work with Argentina to continue the friendship” between the two countries as well as “win-win cooperation,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Mao Ning, told the press.
“China has always attached great importance to the development of relations between China and Argentina, from a strategic and long-term perspective,” she stressed. "The development of relations between China and Argentina has become the subject of general consensus across society in both countries and has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples," said the spokesperson. word.
Russian Ambassador to Argentina Dmitry Feoktistov said that “the future administration has a lot to do to overcome social and economic problems,” according to the state agency Tass. Mr. Feoktistov also said he hoped “that adherence to multipolarity, independent foreign policy and firm protection of national interests will continue.”
European Council President Charles Michel on Monday sent his “congratulations” to Javier Milei on his election as president of Argentina, calling for continued cooperation between the EU and the South American country, a “close partner”. “The people of Argentina have spoken in free and democratic elections (...). I thank (current president) Alberto Fernandez for the excellent cooperation over the years and I look forward to continuing this cooperation for the benefit of our people,” he said on X (formerly Twitter).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Javier Milei on his election as president of Argentina, a country with which New Delhi had trade worth nearly $6.4 billion last year. “Looking forward to working closely with you to diversify and expand the India-Argentina strategic partnership,” Mr. Modi wrote on social media
India is Argentina's fourth largest trading partner, according to Indian government figures, with trade peaking last year (12%).
The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, on Monday congratulated Argentina's new president-elect, Javier Milei, saying she hoped to "work closely" with him, as Argentina goes through its worst economic crisis in more than 20 years .
“We hope to work closely with (Mr. Milei) and his administration in the coming period to develop and implement a solid plan capable of protecting macroeconomic stability and strengthening inclusive growth for all Argentines,” wrote on his account