Chilean electoral colleges were more empty than usual during start of key vote that will decide who chairs country. But that does not indicate that influx to ballot box is going to collapse, because it is a much simpler choice than first round: re are no longer eight candidates, only two, and also no legislators voted as it happened a month ago. Participation is key to elections. All experts agree that if he falls far from first round, conservative former President Sebastián Piñera will win without problems. If it remains or falls very little, Social Democrat Alejandro Guillier will have chance to give big surprise and impose itself in an election that a month ago seemed definitively lost by center left. The struggle was a vote of vote and first data of Guillier's victory abroad encouraged his own, but y were not representative.
Chile debates for a handful of votes if it makes a right turn with Piñera or remains with Guillier on center left Axis in which it was placed with Michelle Bachelet four years ago, and that has dominated almost all recent democratic stage. But truth is that change will not be radical in eir case. Even Piñera, in final stretch, has indirectly accepted gratuitous controversy of university education promoted by Bachelet. The strong presence of left-wing broad Front in Congress and need to Guillier if it wins to have m or Piñera to approach moderate progressive deputies guarantees a calm turn.More information
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With Guillier re will be deepening of Bachelet's reforms, with Piñera re will be braking and retouching, but it is hard to imagine a radical reverse even in a law as controversial for right as partial decriminalization of abortion, passed in final stretch To Bachelet. Piñera is most likely not a furr step in civil rights or progressive reforms, but it is hard to imagine a strong setback. He has no political strength to do it or want to get into that nest.
Theirs is economy, lowering of taxes-nor radicals, has no margin for fiscal deficit-and measures in favor of companies to dynamize economy. Chile has enviable figures in Latin American environment-1.5% deficit and 25% debt-but high for its line. So with eir of two presidents is expected a quiet change, not a radical turn.
The two candidates voted first thing in morning, Guillier in Antofagasta (norrn Chile, region for which he is Senator) and Piñera in Santiago. The former president, one of richest men in country, lives re in luxurious neighborhood of Las Condes. Both made calls of rigor to participation, but it is Guillier one who plays it more re. The journalist who took leap into politics needs a very strong mobilization of all voters of left-wing broad front to reverse results of first round, in which Piñera took 15 points away.
Despite drama of campaign trail, with a strong political tension for tranquil Chile, both candidates showed a conciliatory tone in election day. They know each or well, so much so that y worked toger when Piñera hired Guillier as a star reporter for his television. They both threw greetings for ir rival and pledged to call him immediately to acknowledge victory. "Differences do not make us enemies. I want to greet Alejandro Guillier, I appreciate him, we worked toger in past. I also hope that we will continue to work toger in future, said Piñera. "We will win by a clear, narrow but clear difference. I want to send a fraternal hug to all Chileans, including flag-bearer of opposition sector, "Guillier topped.
The Broad Front has a major role in this second round, much larger than it did in first, because its 20% is decisive. And that made election day even generate more media interest and citizen enthusiasm in vote of Beatriz Sanchez, journalist who surprised everyone and ridiculed polls when he was very close to sneak in second round as can Didata from Broad Front. In his statements, Sanchez showed difficulties that Guillier will have to take all voters of training he represents, located to left of head of Social Democratic cartel. She has said that she will vote for progressive candidate, but she made it very clear distance from her group with him.
"We, as a broad front, have settled as a country project, we will oppose any of candidates.. We're not going to participate in government. We're not going to set up a negotiation. We pose as opposition to one who comes out. I've said who I'm going to vote for [for Guillier] but people own ir vows. I don't feel possessed of anyone's vows. I have not made a call to vote, "he insisted.
That distance that shows broad front by Guillier, although all its important leaders have said at last moment y will vote, contrasts with vote on right, which is fully united with Piñera. So much so that candidate to right of former president, José Antonio Kast, an ultracatholic Pinochet, not only asked vote openly from first minute to Piñera but went to an election table to become an auditor in favor of former president as a Gesture more to group all votes in front of left disaggregated.
Kast's participation generated only tense moments of a very quiet day, as is usual in Chile. Some citizens rebuked right-wing leader who had to be protected by law enforcement at National Stadium's electoral college in Santiago. The screaming and tension followed more than an hour but agents prevented m from reaching hands. Kast stood firm in his chair while he was being rebuked.
In recent days it has even tried to install in right-wing voters fear of a victory of Guillier, supported by Broad front, with term "Chilezuela" — a mix between Chile and Venezuela — for fear that Chile will enter a Bolivarian drift. It is something so unreal in a country where even Michelle Bachelet's attempt at free college education has had enormous resistance, which was subject of derision. "Chilezuela is ridiculous, it will be a humorous point for this campaign," Sanchez laughed.