Expert Explains Chile’s Highly Polarized Presidential Electionon November 19, 2021 at 9:30 pm

On Nov. 21, residents of Chile will cast their ballots in what many have called the most divided presidential election since the nation’s return to democracy in 1990. From a pool of seven candidates, there are two front runners, according to national opinion polls. They are Jose Antonio Kast, 55, a right-wing former congressman, and Gabriel Boric, 35, a member of the communist party coalition who served two terms in the chamber of deputies. Close on their heels in the polls are Sebastian Sichel, a former minister of the current president Sebastian Pinera, and Yasna Provoste, a senator with the Christian Democratic Party. An Expert Weighs In Chilean university professor and political science expert Robert Funk explained why this election is complicated: a diverse range of candidates, some of whom are well outside the established political framework. “The most interesting result will be the congressional election, which is key for any president trying to pass …

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