Chile will define its future president in a second round between the extreme right-wing candidates, José Antonio Kast and the leftist Gabriel Boric, who were the two most voted in the elections held this Sunday in the trans-Andean country.

The ballot, which will define who will be the successor of Sebastián Piñera, will take place on Sunday, December 19.

With 92.75 percent of the polls scrutinized, Kast, from the Christian Social Front, obtained 28.01 percent of the votes, followed by the young leftist Gabriel Boric, with 25.64 percent.

In third place, the candidate of the People’s Party, Franco Parisi, with 12.95 percent of the vote, becomes the surprise of the elections, since the candidate, who ran his entire campaign from the United States , represents an anti-system vote.

Further behind, is the Government candidate, Sebastián Sichel, with 12.64 percent, followed by Yasna Povoste, from the Christian Democracy-New Social Pact, with 11.71 percent of the adhesions.

One of the most relevant data of the election is that, after 30 years, the two coalitions that governed Chile did not go to the second round.

The ballot appears as a very polarized contest, in which Kast starts with a slight advantage, but with an uncertain ending. One of the key factors will be the level of voter turnout on December 19.

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Boric, 35, the minimum age to run for the presidency of Chile and the youngest candidate for president in the history of the country, asked “that hope win over fear”, when voting in his native city of Punta Arenas, in the extreme south of the country.

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“It is about hope winning over fear, that we are able to build a Chile that is fair, that is dignified, that has decent pensions for the elderly, that has a health system that does not discriminate,” he added.

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Kast, for his part, voted in the town of Paine, 50 kilometers from Santiago.

At the end of a convulsive mandate marked by acts of corruption and two years of harsh social protests, the conservative Piñera was the first public figure to vote at a school in Las Condes, a wealthy neighborhood in Santiago.

“All opinions matter. Come vote; we are able to resolve our differences peacefully, to vote,” he asked before the cameras.

Boric, a 35-year-old deputy and former student leader from the southern region of Magallanes, once again positioned himself within the opposition and at the national level as the main reference after winning the primary of his force in July.

For his part, Kast is a 55-year-old lawyer who vindicates the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) and is a supporter of the policies of the ultra-nationalist Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro.

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The elections crown a process of virtual re-founding of Chile after historic protests in 2018 against social inequality and the political system that led to the creation of a Constituent Convention in charge of drafting a new Magna Carta.

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In total, voters had 10 hours to attend the 2,810 voting centers, for a total of 46,639 tables, which were guarded by more than 22,000 police and Armed Forces personnel.

Almost 15 million people were on the electoral roll, while 71,018 were authorized to vote abroad.

Like the previous elections in Chile, strict health protocols were established for the coronavirus, which has infected more than 1.7 million people and caused the death of more than 38,000, since the pandemic began.

Voters had to attend the voting centers with a chinstrap, alcohol gel, and a blue pen to be able to sign and mark the vote, in addition to keeping their distance to avoid contagion.

Older adults had priority to cast their vote, although the request was to attend between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.


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