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ARGENTINA | 30-11-2023 00:45

Congress formally endorses winning Milei-Villarruel ticket ahead of inauguration

Legislative Assembly proclaims formula of Milei and Villarruel at event attended by lawmakers from all parties; Regulatory step before December 10 inauguration.

Eleven days before their inauguration, the presidential formula of Javier Milei and Victoria Villarruel, elected as president and vice-president respectively in general election, was officially proclaimed as the winner in the Senate on Wednesday.

Milei and Villarruel formally resigned their seats in the lower house Chamber of Deputies as Congress signed off on the results of the November 19 presidential run-off, in which the libertarian ticket defeated the ruling coalition rival ticket of Sergio Massa-Agustín Rossi.

The declaration is the official prelude to the upcoming December 10 inauguration. Lawmakers from parties in both chambers of the legislative assembly were summoned for the act by a decree signed by Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the Senate chief.

A total of 257 deputies and 72 senators received the call. 

After singing the national anthem, the vice-president called for an intermission while awaiting the formal summation of the results of the final count carried out by a group of twelve legislators. 

After this, Carolina Píparo, libertarian deputy and reporting member of the vote scrutiny commission, confirmed that the winning ticket was that of La Libertad Avanza, with 55.65 percent of the vote, compared to 44.35 percent for the candidates from Unión por la Patria. 

The last full Legislative Assembly session was held on November 2, when it met to proclaim the formulas that would compete in the run-off.

The swearing-in of the new president will take place on Sunday, December 10, a day that will mark 40 years of uninterrupted democracy in Argentina.


– TIMES/AFP
 

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