Former student leader Gabriel Boric claims 55.8% of votes counted to defeat far-right opponent José Antonio Kast
Gabriel Boric, a leftist former student leader, will become Chile’s youngest president after storming to a resounding victory in a run-off vote against his ultra-conservative far-right opponent, José Antonio Kast.
With nearly 97% of the vote counted, the 35-year-old claimed 55.8% to take a 12 percentage point lead over Kast, who quickly accepted his defeat and called Boric to congratulate him.
“We are a generation that emerged in public life demanding our rights be respected as rights and not treated like consumer goods or a business,” Boric said in front of a vast crowd packed into a Santiago boulevard. “We no longer will permit that the poor keep paying the price of Chile’s inequality.
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