Sergio Massa received just over 36.6 percent of the votes and Javier Miley 30 percent after 98 percent of the votes were counted on Sunday.
This means that there will be a second round of elections on November 19. To win the presidency in the first round, a requirement is to obtain 45% of the votes, or 40% and an advantage of ten percentage points.
Challenger Miley, 53, who calls himself an “anarcho-capitalist,” appeared to be leading in the opinion polls before polls opened on Sunday morning.
Anger at the establishment
Among other things, he believes the Argentine Central Bank should be abolished, and has attracted voters angry against what he calls the “La Casta” political establishment.
– Today is a historic day because two-thirds voted in favor of change, Miley said about the result of the first round.
He continued: “We can win, regain our country, and prevent our children from leaving the country.”
Inflation at 140 percent
Sergio Massa (51 years old) is running for president after more than a year spent as Minister of Economy in Argentina.
He was praised for his success in renegotiating the repayment of a $44 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. But it has also been blamed for failing to stem rampant inflation, which in September reached 140 percent year-on-year.
– I am convinced that this is not a dirty country. “It is a great country and we will give it the status it deserves,” Massa said after making a much better choice than the opinion polls indicated.
Massa and Milley are now competing for the 23.8% of voters who voted for the third, former Security Minister Patricia Bullrich of the “Juntos for Change” coalition.
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