Chile: far-right José Antonio Kast and leftist Gabriel Boric on the ballot

With information from agencies

The far-right José Antonio Kast leads the presidential election of chili Sunday, with 28.52% of the votes, followed by the leftist Gabriel Boric, with 24.71%, with 58.28% of the votes counted, which will make them face a ballot in December, according to data officers.

With this result, both candidates —with antagonistic programs and concepts of the future Chile— would go to the second round on December 19, since neither exceeds 50% of the preferences to succeed the current president, the conservative Sebastián Piñera.

Boric prevails in the capital with 31.12% of the votes and with a difference of almost 7 points on Kast, although there are still many more tables to scrutinize than in the rest of the country.

The ultra-conservative, however, is leading with great advantage in the southern region of La Araucanía (42.57%) and the northern Tarapacá (30.8%), where there is a migration crisis after the irregular arrival of a large number of persons.

Gabriel Boric, A 35-year-old deputy and former student leader who defines himself as an ecologist, feminist and regionalist, wants to expand the role of the state towards a welfare model similar to that of Europe.

For its part, Jose Antonio Kast, A 55-year-old Catholic lawyer, he seeks to reduce the role of the state, lower taxes, tackle irregular migration with a heavy hand, and ban gay marriage and all forms of abortion.

The liberal Franco Parisi, who lives in Alabama, USA, and has not set foot in the country in the entire electoral campaign, is third with 13.47% of the preferences, and very close to the Christian Democrat senator Yasna Provoste, with 12 ,twenty%. The ruling party Sebastián Sichel is fifth with 12.08%.

Further left Marco Enriquez-Ominami, with 7.59%, and Eduardo Artés, with 1.43%.

“We leave with our heads held high, I already sent my congratulations to Kast,” said Sichel, early in acknowledging his defeat. In the second round, he stated that he would not vote for Gabriel Boric, but he also did not openly call for Kast to vote.

The former minister announced his resignation from public life and indicated that the ballot had already been defined, despite the fact that the Electoral Service had not concluded the scrutiny.

“I am not going to vote in the second round for Gabriel Boric (…). I don’t want the extreme left to win in Chile, “he said.

The next to speak was Senator Provoste. “The center-left will not be in the second round and that is something that is painful for a political project like ours,” he told the media.

He described Kast as “fascist”, but did not clarify that he intends to support Boric’s candidacy.

“We will be opposition,” said Provoste.

On the other hand, the Socialist Party, whose candidate was Provoste, did announce its support for Boric. in the ballot. “We call on Chileans not to belittle the threat posed by an option of the extreme right as a possible president in our country,” said its president, Álvaro Elizalde.

Chile experienced the most uncertain elections since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), with the idea of ​​changing the neoliberal model that allowed economic growth and political stability in the last three decades, but it is pointed out as the origin of the inequality that fostered protests since October 2019.

The composition of the new Parliament will be crucial for the governance of the country, mired in a serious social crisis since 2019, and analysts predict that no force will have a majority and that large pacts will be needed to legislate.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera came to vote very early on Sunday and became the first authority to participate in the country’s presidential, legislative and regional councilor elections, Sputnik said.

Despite the fact that the time allowed to vote was extended until 18:00 (21:00 GMT), the majority of the population preferred to go after noon.

In fact, when there was half an hour to close the tables, long lines were registered in various locations. “We want to vote,” shouted dozens of people in Puente Alto who arrived after 6:00 p.m.

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