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Chile Presidential Runoff Will Pit Far-Right Populist Against Progressive Student Protest Leader

HeadlineNov 22, 2021

In Chile, two presidential candidates — a far-right populist and a former student protest leader — will face off in a runoff election next month after neither candidate received enough votes Sunday to declare victory. With more than 90% of ballots counted, far-right presidential hopeful José Antonio Kast appeared to lead in the first round. Kast opposes abortion and marriage equality and ran a campaign on anti-immigration rhetoric. He’s also an apologist for the former U.S.-backed Pinochet dictatorship. Meanwhile, Gabriel Boric is a 35-year-old former student activist who supports progressive social reforms and an overhaul of neoliberal economic policies.

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