Monday, January 24

Gabriel Boric: the political and economic challenges he will face as president to fulfill his promise to transform Chile

  • Cecilia Barría
  • BBC News World

Gabriel Boric.

Image source, Getty Images


Gabriel Boric, president-elect of Chile.

It was a historic triumph. Gabriel Boric beat his rival, José Antonio Kast, by a wide advantage of almost 12 points in the second round of the elections held this Sunday in Chile.

The leftist, who when he arrives in La Moneda on March 11 will become the youngest president the country has ever had, at the age of 36, won the victory with 55.86% of the vote, compared to 44 , 14% obtained by Kast, a radical right-wing lawyer.

And thousands of Chileans, hopeful with the profound changes he promises, celebrated his triumph.

His government plan includes measures such as increasing taxes on the wealthiest and large companies, ending the current pension system and transforming the health system, with the idea of ​​creating a welfare state.

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