The elections were the most uncertain since the return to democracy, and for the first time since 1990, two candidates from outside the traditional parties competed.
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From the far south of Chile, the 35-year-old leftist Gabriel Boric This Sunday he became the youngest president of Chile, a country with large social inequalities that the millennium leader wants to resolve by strengthening the welfare state.
With 92.12% of polls scrutinized, the former student leader was elected to the far right, Jose Antonio Caste, 55-year-old lawyer, separated by more than 11 points.
President Guillermo Laso received Gabriel Borek via Twitter.
Borek’s resounding victory It was instantly recognized by Kast And he received the best wishes from the outgoing president, conservative Sebastian Pinera, in a phone call that is traditionally tuned by all TV channels. Usually this is done with an old phone, but this time it was via video call.
borek for whom “A country brings out the best in itself when we are united.”She will lead a country that will draw up its new constitution in a founding agreement, stemming from social protests in October 2019.
You will also have to deal with The economic crisis caused by health restrictions to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I realized this was apostolic for Gabriel and stopped fighting. That to me is stepping on stones all the time. I wanted a more comfortable and classic life (For him), his mother, Maria Soledad Font, told AFP from her native Punta Arenas, about 3,000 kilometers south of Santiago.
You didn’t want borek. Enter the policyBut her old bedroom wall actually showed a young man focusing on her: “Let’s face it, let’s do the impossible” Or “The reason is strength,” is still read on the walls of the room on the second floor of his parents’ house.
“We are the heirs of those who fought to make Chile a more just and dignified country‘, allegedly in his closing campaign speech, during which he proposed a state focused on improving the basic rights of a population with serious inequality after following the neoliberal model imposed during Augusto Pinochet’s 31-year dictatorship (1973-1990).
start from behind
Although he says so “There is a lot to learn” He asserts that he wants to feed on the “experience” of previous presidents he criticized when he was a student leader and deputy, among them socialists Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006) and Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010; 2014-2018). They both gave him a boost No cracks in recent weeks.
Borek is not afraid to change course. In about seven months The campaign manager modified the speech of the rebel boy who led the 2011 student protests to demand “Good free public education”, That Social Democrat.
“I say that his honesty, transparency and openness to dialogueThey are two of Gabriel’s greatest virtues, and that the next president of Chile is crucial,” his brother Simon Borek, a 33-year-old journalist, confirmed to AFP.
His political transformation goes hand in hand with A Transformation.
There is a little left A shaggy bearded young man led the University of Chile’s student union (FECH) And in 2014, when he was 27, he took his first term as Representative. Today he wears a jacket and shirt, with shorter hair, a neat beard and glasses.
Borek was born in the southern city of Punta Arenas, 3,000 kilometers south of Santiago, to a middle-class family with Croatian and Catalan grandparents. He is the eldest of three siblings He immigrated to Santiago to study law at the University of Chile, but he has not yet graduated.
In the poll campaign asked for it “Hope beats fear” In the face of criticism described as “extremist” for his alliance with the Communists.
voracious reader, says poetry and history comforts him.
Single and without children, he has been in a relationship with political science professor Irina Karamanos for nearly three years.
his critics They scold him for his inexperience To lead a government and its most extreme positions in the past for which it has apologized or declared that it was wrong.
“Our generation storms politics in 2011 “Get rid of a little bit of fear that dictatorship and transitional agreements have been born,” he said in an interview with AFP before the first round.
Thus he alluded to the Concertación, the center-left coalition that since 1990 has governed much of 31 years of democracyAnd that today’s lies are discredited and discredited as a reflection of the major institutional trust crisis, but that in the second round stood behind her character.
I said that, as chief, you want “The welfare state ensures that everyone has the same rights, no matter how much money they have in their wallet.”
“If Chile is the cradle of neoliberalism in Latin America, it will also be its grave,” andin his advertisement as a candidate. (I)