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Argentina's Milei-Villarruel Duo Declared Presidential Winners: A New Political Chapter Begins

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Argentina's Milei-Villarruel Duo Declared Presidential Winners: A New Political Chapter Begins

In a landmark moment for Argentina's political landscape, the Legislative Assembly, presided over by Vice President and Senate President, Cristina Kirchner, ratified the results of the November 19 runoff election, declaring Javier Milei and Victoria Villarruel as the new presidential duo. The session, attended by deputies and senators, confirmed Milei and Villarruel's substantial victory of 55.65% over their opponent, Sergio Massa's 44.35%.

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Heralding a New Presidential Era

The far-right candidates, Milei and Villarruel, amassed 14.54 million votes, signaling a seismic shift in the Argentine political spectrum. Milei, known for his ultraconservative stance, is set to succeed current head of state Alberto Fernández and will govern Argentina from December 10, 2023, to December 10, 2027. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for midday on December 10 at the National Congress Palace.

A New Chapter in Argentine Politics

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Accompanied by the provisional Senate President, Claudia Abdala Ledesma, and Chamber of Deputies President, Cecilia Moreau, Kirchner formally announced the declaration of office for the 2023-2027 term. Social media platforms were quickly abuzz with news of the proclamation, with users discussing both the procedure and Kirchner's gestures.

Reconciliations and Reunions

Adding to the day's drama was a video showcasing a warm embrace between Javier Milei and legislator José Luis Espert, suggesting a possible reconciliation between the two liberal leaders who had previously split and formed separate parties. The day also saw a reunion between Milei and Villarruel, following the latter's trip to the United States, and the support of other legislators such as Hernán Lombardi, Pablo Torello, and Maurice Closs.

With this new leadership, Argentina braces for a significant shift in its political and economic trajectory. Milei has signaled that his future Minister of Economy will be Luis Caputo, a former Finance Minister under Mauricio Macri's administration. As Argentina embarks on this new chapter, the world watches closely, keen to see how this shift will shape the nation's future.

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