Wednesday, August 10

Chile decides in one of the most momentous elections of the last 30 years

Chile faces elections most momentous of the last 30 years according to analysts. The country decides in the second round between the leftist Gabriel boric and the far right Jose Antonio Kast. More than 15 million citizens are called to the polls.

In the streets, in public transport or on the terraces of a summer chili there is no talk of anything other than this vote, which according to experts is the most decisive for the future of the country since the 1988 plebiscite that Augusto Pinochet power.

The panorama is very uncertain due to the narrow margin of only two percentage points between the two in the first round and the large percentage of undecided that there are according to the latest forecasts. it is added that the participation of the last vote it was only 47%

The last polls agree that Boric he would win the ballot with between 5 and 14 points of advantage.

According to pollster Cadem, a quarter of the Chileans in the census are still not clear about their preference or will not go to the polls.

“I’m not going to go, I like Chile as it is now, and those two candidates are not going to achieve anything. They are very extreme,” Melany Cavieres, a 28-year-old student from Santiago, told EFE.

This feeling is shared by Luis Felipe, a middle-aged man who lives in a wealthy neighborhood in the capital. “None of them represent my ideas. I’m going to vote but only to prevent the one I don’t want from coming out,” he told Efe.

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Two totally different models

The one that was for decades the most stable country in Latin America will have to choose between two candidates who carry under their arms more drastic proposals than those of the large center-right and center-left blocs that shared power since the return to democracy in 1990.

35-year-old deputy and leader of an alliance between the Broad Front and the Communist Party, Boric It has a program that points to a welfare state similar to the European one, with a feminist and environmentalist accent.

He is the candidate of the “profound changes” in pensions, education and health, and represents the part of Chilean society that participated in the massive protests for equality in 2019, María Cristina Escudero, a political scientist at the University of Chile, told EFE.

While, Kast, a fervent Catholic and leader of the far-right Republican Party, is in favor of defending the current model with slight changes, based on the neoliberalism installed during the military dictatorship (1973-1990).

Against equal marriage, abortion and defender of digging a ditch at the border to prevent the passage of irregular migrants, Kast has declared himself a fan of Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump.

It is part of a family clan that had close ties to the Pinochet dictatorship and his promises of “order and security” they led him to be the most voted candidate during the first round in November, with 27.9% support.

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