Leftist candidate Gabriel Boric emerges victorious in Chilean elections

Boric has promised to deliver on key demands raised during the 2019 protests which includes an increase in state spending on social services, progressive taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals.

December 20, 2021 by Peoples Dispatch

Securing more than 55.8% of the total eight million votes polled in the presidential elections held on December 19 in Chile, Gabriel Boric of the left-wing Approve Dignity coalition emerged victorious. Boric defeated far-right candidate José Antonio Kast of the Christian Social Front in what many are deeming a people’s victory against fascism and the right. Boric rose to prominence during a wave of student protests in 2011 and has massive support especially among the youth. He has promised to take forward many of the demands raised during the 2019 social uprising.