Chile: Presidential poll goes into polarising run-off

Source: Yahoo! News

“In Chile, the election for a new president will go into a second round on 19 December after none of the seven candidates managed to secure the necessary 50% needed to win outright. Far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast will face left-wing former student leader Gabriel Boric in the run-off. The election is one of the most polarised in recent decades and comes after mass anti-government protests. Mr Kast described it as a choice between ‘liberty and communism.’ Mr Boric, meanwhile, said he was fighting ‘for democracy, for inclusion, for justice.’ With 97% of the votes counted, Mr Kast was in the lead with 27.94%, followed by Mr Boric with 25.75%.” (11/22/21)