The right-wing former president Sebastián Piñera achieved a very clear victory over Social Democrat Alejandro Guillier and will be new president of Chile for four years. More than nine points of difference, far above expectations. The progressive, who failed to attract 20% of Chileans who supported left-wing Broad Front in first round, admitted that it was a "very hard defeat" and called for "rebuilding progress". Guillier lost even in his region, Antofagasta. This victory consolidates in Chile liberal turn of region that started in 2015 in Argentina with victory of Mauricio Macri, a faithful support of Piñera, so much so that it even provoked a great diplomatic tension to back him openly in full campaign.
Guillier tried to turn election into a plebiscite to Piñera, one of richest men in country, and mobilize anti-right vote, but failed. There was not even a low turnout, it remained quite stable, so progressive does not have that excuse eir. On contrary. Piñera achieved many more votes than in first round and came from all fronts, including some who bet on first by Beatriz Sanchez, candidate of Broad Front. The polls, which aimed a technical tie, failed again.More information
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"I commend Piñera for his impeccable and solid triumph. We must learn lesson, rebuild a solidarity option based on equal opportunities. We have suffered a hard defeat, you have to be self-critical. We have to go out and defend reforms we believe in. We are going to make a constructive opposition, we must renew our leadership, forget so many palaces, go to neighbors ' meetings. I pledge to work for unity and renewal of progress. It is a sad night but we will be strengned "he cried surrounded by his family, without any leader of his party to support him.
Chile debated if it made a right turn with Piñera or was held with Guillier in center left axis in which it was placed with Michelle Bachelet four years ago, and that has dominated almost all recent democratic stage of this country. 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. Piñera, who has no majority in Parliament, needs to approach moderate progressive deputies to bring forward ir laws, and that guarantees a calm turn. The final moderation of former president in final stretch of campaign seems to have had a very good result in middle classes.
With Guillier would have deepened progressive reforms of Bachelet, with Piñera re will be braking and rethinking, but it is difficult to imagine a radical reverse even in a law as controversial for right as partial decriminalization of abortion, Approved by Bachelet in final stretch of her tenure. 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 traditional line of fiscal equilibrium. So with eir of two presidents is expected a quiet change, not a radical turn.
Everything indicates that Guillier did not achieve massive mobilization he needed in left and protest vote that supported broad front in first round. The journalist who took leap into politics needed support of all voters of left-wing broad front to reverse results of first round, in which Piñera took 15 points away. Those voters did not turn on Guillier and thus allowed victory of Piñera, which clearly stole votes from Guillier also by center.
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. "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. "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 would 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. Nothing is as dramatic in Chile as it usually is in its Latin American neighbors, not even politics.