Can Javier Milei Really Win in Argentina?

By Ignacio Labaqui

The outspoken libertarian is polling well. What are his chances of making, and winning, a potential runoff—and how would he govern?

BUENOS AIRES—As Argentina’s October first-round presidential election draws nearer, an insurgent force continues to disrupt the country’s political scene. Libertarian economist Javier Milei, a presidential candidate and federal deputy since 2021, has assembled a growing following with brash denunciations of the “political caste” and radical proposals like shuttering the country’s central bank, capturing popular discontent with the failure of both sides of the traditional partisan divide to address Argentina’s economic problems. Public opinion surveys are far from being an...

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