The right-wing candidate for the presidency of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, was proclaimed winner in the runoff election, held on Sunday, after obtaining a wide and unexpected advantage over his rival, Senator Alejandro Guillier, bearer in the center-left wing.
The representative from coalition “Chile Vamos” surpassed by more than nine points the standard-bearer of the ruling party and thus became the most voted leader in Chile since the 1993 election, won by the Christian Democrat Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle.
In this way, Piñera, who has already governed the country between 2010 and 2014, will be the president of Chile in the next four years, succeeding Michelle Bachelet for the second time.
Piñera needed the ballot to achieve victory, after on November 19, gathered 36% of the vote, compared to 22% of Guillier.
Despite this difference, the few polls released in these four weeks gave a technical tie between the two candidates, and announced a second very close and close vote, which finally did not happen.
“We received this magnificent triumph with humility, but also with hope,” Piñera told thousands of supporters who gathered outside the hotel where his electoral headquarters were located and shouted “Chile was saved!”
In a speech full of calls for dialogue, the politician and businessman said that “when the Chileans have united, it is when they have conquered their most beautiful triumphs”.
On the opposite side, Alejandro Guillier called to work “for the unity of progressivism, renewal and the construction of new leaderships”.
In front of several hundred followers who applauded him in rage, the senator from Antofagasta acknowledged his failure and invited the progressive forces to reflect on this “hard defeat”.
In addition, Guillier made reference to parliamentarians from the leftist Frente Amplio, the movement that gained ground in the recent legislative elections and positioned itself as the third political force.
Regardless of Piñera’s triumph, the political landscape of Chile changed radically four weeks ago, as the electoral reform led to the end of the binomial system and the formation of a more plural Parliament.
And that need for agreements was expressed in a gesture full of symbolism when the winning candidate and the loser, who in the last days of the campaign staged a harsh confrontation, appeared together in public and committed to work together for the good of the country.
This was not the only meeting between two political rivals, since a few minutes before, President Michelle Bachelet telephoned Sebastián Piñera to congratulate him on his triumph.
Manuel Fuente from EFE Agency reported you from Chile. (December 18, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)
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