Forty years to the day after the return of democracy in Argentina, the country is set to begin a new era this Sunday with the inauguration of Javer Milei as its new president. The libertarian economist, who entered electoral politics merely two years ago, will kick off his administration with a series of protocolary events and celebrations scheduled to begin around 11.30 a.m. in Congress and close in the evening with a gala in Teatro Colón.
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Per the official schedule, Milei will leave his campaign headquarters of Hotel Libertador and head towards Congress around 10.30 a.m. Upon his arrival, he will sign the guest book of illustrious visitors and then proceed to the main chamber. There, he will receive the presidential stash from Alberto Fernández and be sworn in by Vice President-elect Victoria Villarruel.
Once the presidential transition is complete, Milei will give a brief speech to the Joint Assembly. At around noon, he will address the crowds assembled in the surrounding areas from the steps of Congress.
Following this, the now Argentine president will leave Congress aboard a convertible and head to the presidential palace, known as the Pink House. At 1 p.m., there will be an interfaith religious ceremony in the Buenos Aires Cathedral, after which Milei will receive foreign authorities and dignitaries in the Pink House.
Among the presidents that have confirmed their presence are Luis Lacalle Pou (Uruguay), Santiago Peña (Paraguay), Gabriel Boric (Chile), Daniel Noboa (Ecuador), and Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Ukraine). Also in attendance will be Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, U.S. Energy Department Secretary Jennifer Granholm, British Minister for the Americas, Caribbean, and Overseas Territories David Rutley, and former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
The official schedule posits that Milei will swear in his cabinet members at 5.30 p.m. in the White Room of the Pink House. The confirmed ministers are Luis Caputo (Economy), Patricia Bullrich (Security), Luis Petri (Defense), Nicolás Posse (Chief of Staff), Guillermo Francos (Interior), Mario Russo (Health), Mariano Cúneo Libarona (Justice), Sandra Petovello (Human Capital), Guillermo Ferraro (Infrastructure), and Diana Mondino (Foreign Affairs). At 6.30 p.m., there will be a cocktail.
The final event of inauguration day will be a gala at Teatro Colón at 8 p.m., where Milei will attend a staging of Madame Butterfly.
Due to the nature of the event, traffic will be closed off around Congress, the Pink House, and Teatro Colón, an area between Avenida Corrientes, Ayacucho-Sarandí, Avenida Belgrano, and Paseo Colón-Avenida Alem. The Metrobús of 9 de Julio Avenue will be closed between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The C line of the BA subway will not operate on Sunday, while the B line will not run between stations Plaza de Mayo and Congreso.