At the end of the last televised debate before Sunday’s presidential vote, Gabriel Borick said, “I’m determined to meet again as a nation. I’re the new president of Chile.
In a rhetoric that promised death to neoliberalism in Chile, when he won the primary election of his left coalition, the young legislator streamlined his speech and his plans to win over the center’s undecided voters who were the main reason for his victory.
Borick received 54% of the vote, and 50% of the tables were examineds, a comfortable victory over the radical conservative Jose Antonio Cost, who took the lead in the first round.
At just 35, the graduate – although not a law graduate from the University of Chile – became the elected junior leader of the world’s largest copper producer.
Despite the fact that Borik had previously been criticized in his own field for his over-conversational stance, the political forces of the center on the left joined him, eventually preventing Cast from coming to power.
After the first round with various support slogans like #mascotasxBoric or #miopesxBoric, memes and deliberately depicted photos occupied social networks.
For the campaign, the young man left his old figure with disheveled hair and a thick beard that had identified him from the time he was president of the Student Federation of the University of Chile.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Borik’s alliance with the Communist Party. His inexperience led others to make mistakes in statistics and predictions.
At the time, he was heavily criticized by his allies for co-signing the “Agreement on Social Peace and the New Constitution” adopted in November 2019 after the eruption, and this led to the ongoing rewriting process of the constitution. Process.
A native of the Punta Arenas in the far south of Chile, he was one of the leaders of the student struggles that erupted in 2011 during Sebastian Pinara’s first government to improve the quality of education and move towards free education.
The youth who wanted to change the neoliberal economic system derived from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and its supporters often set a precedent for development against its impoverished neighbors in Latin America, but it also created deep social inequalities.
But the road is not easy considering that Congress will be very divided and will need major agreements to implement important reforms.
“The possibility of talking to dissidents is not an exclusive defense of any political sector,” he told a local newspaper in the middle of the year.
For his part, Jose Antonio Cast admitted his defeat this Sunday.
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