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Left-wing millennials elected as next president of Chile


Chilean President-elect Boris voted in Sunday's presidential runoff.
Chilean President-elect Boris voted in Sunday’s presidential runoff.

On Sunday, a leftist millennial who emerged in anti-government protests was elected as the next president of Chile after a fierce election campaign. According to reports from more than 90% of polling stations, Gabriel Boric received 56% of the votes, while his opponent, Congressman Jose Antonio Castel, received 44% of the votes.

Custer posted a photo of himself and his opponent talking on the phone on Twitter, congratulating him on his “big victory.” Supporters of Boris gathered in downtown San Diego to celebrate. The outgoing President Sebastian Pinera (Sebastian Pinera) held a video conference call with Boris (Boric) to congratulate him.

“I will be the president of all Chileans,” Paulick said in a brief TV appearance with Pinera.

Boris, 35, will take office in March and become Chile’s youngest modern president. He was one of several activists elected as a member of Congress in 2014, after he led protests demanding high-quality education. In his campaign speech, he vowed to “bury” the neoliberal economic model left by General Augusto Pinochet from the dictatorship from 1973 to 1990, and raise taxes on the “super-rich”. To expand social services, combat inequality and strengthen environmental protection.

Custer has a history of defending Chile’s past military dictatorship, leading Boris by two percentage points in the first round of voting last month, but failed to get a majority. This led to a head-on runoff with Boris.

Boris was able to reverse this difference by a larger margin than predicted by the pre-election polls. He surpassed the basic market in the capital Santiago and attracted voters in rural areas who were not on the political extreme side. For example, in Antofagasta in the northern region, he defeated Castells by nearly 20 points in the first round of voting in third place.

Boric received the support of a coalition of left-wing parties including the Chilean Communist Party. He brought more centrist advisers to his team and promised that any reforms would be gradual and financially responsible.

“Both parties voted out of fear,” Fang Ke, a political scientist at the University of Chile, said before the vote. “Both parties have no particular enthusiasm for their candidates, but they voted out of fear that if Custer wins, there will be a dictatorship regression, or because they fear that Boris is too young and inexperienced to ally with the Communist Party.”

(This article is based on the Associated Press report)

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