Responding to a journalist's question about his sudden surge in popularity, Argentina's newly elected president, Javier Milei, offered a concise yet insightful explanation.
"There are two main factors," he began. "Firstly, it's my unique background. My journey has been unconventional—I've been a goalkeeper, a rock and roll band singer, and an economist. This eclectic mix has made me a compelling figure in the media."
Milei then delved into the second reason, focusing on Argentina's historical context.
"For over a century, Argentina has been steeped in socialist ideologies. This has naturally ignited a spirit of rebellion, particularly among the youth. They resonate with my message of liberalism and see me as a figure challenging the status quo."
Milei is certainly unconventional, with his approach to politics earning him the nickname "El Loco" or the Crazy One. Al Majalla outlines precisely who he is and whether he can resolve Argentina's long-standing crises in this profile.
Javier Milei was born in 1970 into a middle-class family in Buenos Aires' leafy Palermo district. His father owned a private transportation company, and his mother was a homemaker. His relations with them were strained to the point that he cut off contact for over a decade, reconciling shortly before the presidential election.
Milei's sister, Karina, two years his junior, plays a pivotal role in managing his life and providing emotional support. He has described her as his “boss” and even his “Moses”, likening himself to Aaron, a reference to the high priest and famously loyal brother to the Biblical figure.
Karina ran his campaign and was appointed secretary general to the presidency when he won. Milei’s wife shares the role of first lady with his sister. Fatima Flores is an actress and singer known for her impressions of various artistic and political figures.