December 9, 2021

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The far-right candidate is leading in the first round of the presidential election and will face the left in the second round

Two candidates at the opposite end of the political spectrum. On Sunday, November 21, in the second round of the presidential election in Chile, the left-wing Jose Antonio Cast and the left-wing Gabriel Boric qualified, confirming the fall of the traditional parties two years after the social uprising. In 2019 a new constitution is being drafted which is a strong demand of the protesters.

According to the semi-final results (95.58% of the vote), 55-year-old former deputy and lawyer Jose Antonio Cast received 27.95% of the vote ahead of former student leader and 35-year-old vice-chancellor Gabriel Borik. Receives 25.71% of the vote.

“We will see peace, order, progress and freedom”, Said the Republican leader (far right) in the presence of hundreds of supporters, a fan of Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro and US Donald Trump. “We have heard from the majority in Chile that a country needs peace and security.” Added to the father of nine children, he wants to maintain the radical liberal model inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

Gabriel Borick, the candidate of the left coalition “Apruebo dignidad”, which includes the Communists in particular, supported his side. “A transformative, serious and responsible program that guarantees a better quality of life for all of you”. “We did not go down the street to keep everything the same”, Marking the unprecedented waves of social opposition that rocked Chile at the end of 2019, the former president of the Chilean University Student Federation began to tell his supporters.

Two years after tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding a copper-rich but highly unequal society in the country, the presidential election in Chile is taking place amid suspicion. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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