On Sunday (19), the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, urged respect for democracy as the country prepared to vote in the second round of elections between government candidate Sergio Massa and far-right opponent Javier Milei. The election was taking place on December 10th.
Fernández cast his vote at around 9:45 am at a polling station located at the Catholic University in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. He told reporters that it was “another day when we Argentines vote and define our future.” Despite facing criticism from Milei’s party about possible fraud in the elections, Fernández asked Argentines to “respect and take great care of democracy.”
Despite keeping a low profile during the campaign season, Fernández will end his term on December 10th after deciding not to run for re-election. Approximately 35.8 million Argentines were eligible to vote on this day, with voting being mandatory for citizens aged between 18 and 70 and optional for adults and teenagers aged 16 and 17, as well as for residents abroad. In the first round of elections, Massa obtained 36.78% of the votes while Milei earned 29.99%.