Who is Gabriel Boric, the young leftist elected president in Chile

Gabriel Boric Font, 35, won the second round of the Presidential Elections in Chile with more than 11 points of difference before his competitor, José Antonio Kast. His overwhelming triumph now makes him the youngest president that the country has had in its history and also adds him to those that make up this list worldwide.

During the first speech after his victory, Boric promised to take care of democracy and to create bridges with who was his adversary in the electoral contest. “Enough of the enlightened despotism that believes that a government can do for the people without the people: the people enter La Moneda with us! Hope won out over fear, ”he said.

Of Croatian father and mother of Catalan origin, Gabriel boric He was born in the city of Punta Arenas, in the XII Region of Magallanes, on February 11, 1986. He is the oldest of three brothers and his spare time was devoted to soccer, poetry, music and politics, reports Diario Financiero.

His professor at the British School, Óscar Barrientos, remembers him as “A restless, inquisitive, diligent and curious student”. He maintained that spirit and brought it out even more a decade ago, when he was a student at the Law School of the University of Chile, in Santiago.

Boric then became the leader of educational protests across the country. Thousands of students followed him and took over the schools and the streets together with him to demand free, high-quality education.

His mother, Maria Soledad Font revealed to AFP that he did not want his son to get into politics, but Boric was already on his way.

“I realized that for Gabriel this was an apostolate and I stopped fighting. This for me is stepping on stones all the time; I wanted a more comfortable, more classic life (for him) ”, he explained.

Simon Boric one of his brothers tells the BBC that the future of the new president of Chile seemed inevitable. His generation was the first to learn more about the military regime of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) firsthand.

In fact, these topics were conversation in the Boric Fonts, and part of their father’s family, Luis Javier Boric Scarpa he had actively fought against the Pinochet dictatorship.

“Since we were kids, we were aware that there was a dictatorship. The paternal family talked a lot. We asked questions. They were never discussions or with an angry tone. The three children are more progressive than the other generations ”, Simón clarifies to Diario Financiero.

After his role as a student leader, Gabriel Boric ran alongside other young people like him for public office for Chile. Thus, he took office as a deputy for two consecutive terms, in 2014 and 2018, and did not complete his law degree.

Later, in March 2021, Boric was proclaimed as a presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolution. In July of that year, the presidential primaries were held, which included the Approve Dignity coalition, with Boric as the candidate of the Broad Front and Daniel Jadue as the candidate of Chile Digno.

Boric obtained 60% support and was elected as the representative of Approve Dignity for the presidential race against José Antonio Kast, Franco Parisi, Yasna Provoste and other competitors.

During his first speech, Boric summarized part of what will be his Government in the presidency of Chile. On health issues, he promised that he would not allow a distinction “between rich and poor, equating access, quality and response times upward.”

Regarding housing, he indicated that access to basic services will be allowed and education will also be strengthened and workers’ rights will be guaranteed.

It will create “a national system of care that recognizes and values ​​the women they care for today, also advancing in co-responsibility and leaving behind the patriarchal heritage of our society ”, he indicated.

Part of Boric’s commitment was also to make Chile’s neighborhoods safer and “drug-free”. He told citizens that they will work to create a new relationship with native peoples to recognize their rights.

These same would also be respected at the level of all the people, and he affirmed that he would do so without harming the economy of the country.

”We will expand social rights and we will do it with fiscal responsibility, we will do it taking care of our macroeconomics. We will do it well and that will allow to improve pensions and health without having to go back in the future ”, he explained.

Gabriel Boric has made visible on more than one occasion that he suffers obsessive compulsive disorder (TOC), so part of his government program is heavily focused on mental health.

“As I have said before, since I was a child I have had OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and on medical advice I decided to be responsible and treat it (…). It would be good if we later talk more about OCD and mental health in general, because I know that it happens to many people and it is a topic that is rarely addressed, “he wrote in 2018 on his Instagram account.

About this disorder, Boric said four years before that sometimes he must “turn the knob four times” on his bedroom door or blink more than once when he enters, among other compulsions.

Part of its plan precisely seeks to gradually and sustainably increase the economic budget for mental health until it reaches what is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Among other proposals, it also raises the universalization, promotion and prevention in this matter.

According to Servel’s official count, at 99.99% of valid votes, Gabriel Boric won 4,620,671 votes, while José Antonio Kast obtained 3,649,647. That gave the leftist leader a total of 55.87% of support, compared to 44.13% of the extreme right.