The triumph of libertarian Javier Milei in the Argentine presidential elections has been met with congratulations from several Venezuelan opponents. Milei won the government candidate, Sergio Massa, with more than 11 points of advantage. The president of the First Justice (PJ) party, María Beatriz Martínez, congratulated Milei and expressed her recognition to the Argentine people who participated in the elections. Two-time Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles also congratulated Argentines on their “successful democratic journey” and assured that the Caribbean country will always wish “the best for Argentina, also home to many Venezuelans.”
The former president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Andrés Caleca, who was also a candidate in the primaries, congratulated Milei, from whom Venezuelans expect an “unavoidable commitment to the struggle of the Democrats in this country.”
Leader of Venezuela’s main opposition coalition Maria Corina Machado said on Sunday that Milei’s triumph represents an ideological fracture in relations between Caracas and Buenos Aires. She added that it is also a victory for “change” and “freedom” in Latin America. The tensions between Caracas and Buenos Aires have been strained during President Mauricio Macri’s term (2015-2019) but returned to normal during current President Alberto Fernandez’s administration. In conclusion, several Venezuelan opponents extended their congratulations to Javier Milei for his triumph in the Argentine presidential elections and expressed their hope for a future of prosperity and freedom in the region.