Argentina on edge as runoff election is set

Argentinians will head to the polls Nov. 19 to decide whether to support the country's economy minister or an upstart "anarchy-capitalist" for president.


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October 24, 2023 - 3:19 PM

Argentine Economy Minister and presidential candidate for the Union por la Patria party, Sergio Massa, kisses an Argentine flag while speaking to his supporters outside his party headquarters in Buenos Aires on Oct. 22, after the first results of the presidential election. Massa and anti-establishment outsider Javier Milei will face off in a run-off presidential election next month. Photo by Juan Mabromata / TNS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s economy minister and the anti-establishment upstart he faces in a presidential runoff next month began competing Monday to shore up the moderate voters they need.

Economy Minister Sergio Massa earned almost seven points more than chainsaw-wielding economist and freshman lawmaker Javier Milei in Sunday’s vote. Most polls had shown Massa slightly trailing, as voters had been expected to punish him for triple-digit inflation that has eaten away at purchasing power and boosted poverty.

On Nov. 19 voters will either choose Massa, despite the economic deterioration that took place on his watch, or place their hopes in a self-described anarcho-capitalist who promises a drastic shake-up of South America’s second-largest economy.

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