Monday, January 24

Politics. Triumph of the left in Chile, Gabriel Boric new president

Left-wing candidate Gabriel Boric won the second round of the presidential election in Chile on Sunday, a landslide victory over his far-right opponent José Antonio Kast, who officially admitted defeat.

The left-wing coalition, of which the Communist Party is a member, is a triumph in this unprecedented duel since the return to democracy in 1990 between two candidates with diametrically opposed social projects.

According to the final official results, Mr Boric, who at 35 was just old enough to run, won with nearly 56% of the vote against 44% for Mr Kast, an admirer of the dictatorship of ‘Augusto Pinochet supported by the whole of the Chilean right.

Welfare State Project

Turnout is approaching 55%, an all-time high since voting was no longer compulsory in 2012.

In the first round, it was 47%, when José Antonio Kast came in first (27.9% against 25.8%), seducing in the upscale neighborhoods of Santiago and among the working classes outside the capital. , and by repeating that he was the candidate of “order, justice and security”.

But it is with his welfare state project, a change of scale in the country considered as the laboratory of liberalism in Latin America, that Gabriel Boric wins by rallying around him the middle to upper middle class, essentially in Santiago.

“There will be more social rights but we will do it while remaining fiscally responsible”, declared the elected president.

The European Union and several Latin American leaders hailed the victory of the young candidate.

“The EU congratulates @gabrielboric on his election as future president of #Chile. We hope to be able to further strengthen our relations with the future government of Chile. We are partners and together we are stronger ”, said Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy on Twitter.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hailed “the people of (the former socialist president) Salvador Allende and (the singer and socialist activist assassinated by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet) Victor Jara for their resounding victory over fascism” .

The leader of France Insoumise (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, hailed with “long live Boric, new president of Chile” the victory of the candidate of the Chilean left, recalling that the winner was “our candidate” from the first round.

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