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Prosecutor charges ‘Argentine Trump’ Javier Milei just days before election

A prosecutor launched a criminal case Friday against Argentina’s frontrunner in this month’s presidential elections, accusing Javier Milei of deliberately causing a drop in the Argentine currency when he encouraged citizens not to save in pesos.

Milei denounced the move as political persecution, just days ahead of the Oct. 22 polling.

President Alberto Fernández had called for the investigation in a complaint filed Wednesday, saying that the right-wing populist candidate was trying to scare the public and that his actions were “a severe affront to the democratic system.”

Polls show Milei is leading the race for presidency although he does not appear to have enough votes to win outright without a runoff next month.

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