To Govern, Chile’s Boric Will Have to Build Bridges

Gabriel Boric talks during his closing campaign rally ahead of the presidential run-off election in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 16, 2021 (AP photo by Matias Delacroix).
Gabriel Boric talks during his closing campaign rally ahead of the presidential run-off election in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 16, 2021 (AP photo by Matias Delacroix).

In winning Chile’s presidential election on Dec. 19, Gabriel Boric set two new records. First, at the age of 36, he will become the youngest president in Chile’s history. Second, his tally of 4.5 million votes is the most ever for a Chilean presidential candidate.  These two new records are intimately related. Boric and his team represent a new generation of leadership, and as such, they were able to mobilize sectors of the electorate that had previously remained uninvolved in electoral politics. Since Chile’s transition to democracy in 1989, the country’s politics has been characterized by declining turnout levels. However, the […]

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