Gabriel Boric wins presidential elections in Chile

The young leftist deputy Gabriel Boric, supported by the Frente Amplio and the Communist Party, won the second round of presidential elections in Chile, winning more than 55.18% of the votes, with 68.7% of the polls.

In a first reaction, Boric assured that he would be the President of “all Chileans”, during a telephone contact broadcast on television with the outgoing head of state, the conservative Sebastián Piñera.

“I will be the President of Chile for all Chileans and Chileans, I will not govern just inside four walls,” he said during the dialogue, a tradition that is always present in Chilean elections.

His opponent, right-wing lawyer José Antonio Kast, with 44.92% of the vote, has also acknowledged the victory of the former student leader.

“I have just spoken to Gabriel Boric and I congratulated him on his great triumph. Today he is the President-elect of Chile and he deserves all our respect and our constructive collaboration. Chile always comes first,” wrote Kast in his official account on Twitter, after confirming an advance of ten percentage points in favor of the candidate from the left.

Boric, 35 and leader of the Frente Amplio, represents the part of Chilean society that wants “profound change” and that participated in the massive protests for equality in 2019: it wants better pensions, education, health care and places a lot of emphasis on environmentalism and feminism.

Kast, the 55-year-old far-right candidate, is a fervent Catholic and father of nine, part of a family clan that had political ties to the Pinochet dictatorship, a regime he has been compliant on several occasions and is more in favor of maintaining the ‘status quo’ and putting conservative and family values ​​at the center of everything.

Experts considered that the difference between the two would be very short and would depend on participation, when the first round of 21 November registered a 50% abstention.

According to official data, Boric obtained broad support in the capital, where half of the voters are concentrated, and in other regions with important urban centers, such as Valparaíso, where he gained almost 20 points of advantage.

Among the main challenges for the future Government are the social crisis that has persisted since the great protests of 2019, the application of the rules of the new Constitution, and the economic problems aggravated by the pandemic.

Source: With Agencies


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