Argentina’s new President Javier Milei: Chainsaw-wielding economist who called Pope ‘filthy Leftist’


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An author, economist and populist — in more ways than one — Milei rose to stardom as a rabble-rouser TV panellist, railing against the system and declaring the State an oppressive institution. The system in Argentina involves two rounds of polling. In the first round in October, incumbent Economy Minister Sergio Massa came out on top with two others including Milei trailing him. But in the second-round runoff, the conservatives who came in third endorsed Milei and his vote percentage (56 percent) surpassed that of Massa’s (44 percent). Argentina, where voting is mandatory for those eligible, has elected a new...