A Corruption Scandal Could Trip Up Argentina’s Milei

A Corruption Scandal Could Trip Up Argentina’s Milei
Javier Milei speaks to his supporters during a campaign rally for congressional elections in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 7, 2021 (Sipa photo by Manuel Cortina via AP Images).

Long before disruptive, iconoclastic populists became a feature of democratic politics, Argentinian voters had lived through multiple experiences with the type. Now, as the perennially struggling South American country prepares to choose a new president, a flamboyant new political bomb-thrower is vying for the top job.

Javier Milei, an ultra-right-wing libertarian economist who became well-known through his radio and television performances, formally entered the political scene in 2021, when he was elected to Congress.

Now he wants the presidency.

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