Anti-establishment candidate Javier Milei faces Economic system Minister Sergio Massa of the mainstream Peronist coalition.
Argentinians will head to the polls to vote in a nail-biter presidential election race between embattled Economic system Minister Sergio Massa and the libertarian outsider Javier Milei amid a crippling financial disaster.
The 2 males competing on Sunday symbolize starkly totally different futures for Latin America’s third-largest economic system, creaking underneath triple-digit inflation after many years of debt, monetary mismanagement and foreign money volatility.
Polls present the candidates in a lifeless warmth, with Milei holding such a slight benefit that nobody needs to foretell an consequence.
Polling opens at 8am native time (11:00 GMT) and closes at 6pm (21:00 GMT), with outcomes anticipated just a few hours later.
Massa, 51, is a charismatic and seasoned politician looking for to persuade Argentines to belief him regardless of his efficiency as economic system minister, which has seen annual inflation hit 143 p.c and file poverty ranges.
His rival Milei is an anti-establishment outsider who has promised to halt Argentina’s unbridled spending, ditch the peso for the US greenback, and “dynamite” the central financial institution.
Milei, a 53-year-old economist, is a political newcomer who surprised observers by surging to the entrance of the electoral race simply months in the past.
He’s usually in contrast with former US President Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, with Massa accusing him of aping the 2 politicians by elevating the spectre of electoral fraud – for which he has offered no proof.
The economist’s screeds resonated broadly with Argentines angered by their struggle to make ends meet.
Milei tones down rhetoric
In a first-round election in October, Massa confounded the polls by coming first with virtually 37 p.c, whereas Milei scored about 30 p.c of the vote.
Each have scrambled to shore up thousands and thousands of votes from the three shedding candidates.
Third-placed candidate Patricia Bullrich, from the highly effective centre-right opposition, has thrown her weight behind Milei.
Milei has toned down his rhetoric to attraction to her extra average voters, imploring the general public to not give in to concern stoked by Massa’s marketing campaign.
“If you’re afraid you can be paralysed and… nothing will change. We aren’t going to denationalise well being and schooling. We aren’t going to permit the unrestricted carrying of weapons,” he mentioned.
He beforehand mentioned he was going to ditch these ministries totally and was in favour of creating it simpler to hold weapons and even promote human organs.
Massa represents the Peronist coalition, a populist motion heavy on state intervention and welfare programmes that has dominated Argentinian politics for many years.
He has sought to distance himself from the deeply unpopular outgoing President Alberto Fernandez and his Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who was final 12 months convicted of fraud. Each have vanished from the general public eye.