Chile election: conservative Piñera leads in vote rely


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Sebastián Piñera (L) and Alejandro Guillier have been nearly neck and neck within the opinion polls

Early ends up in the Chilean presidential election rely give conservative frontrunner candidate Sebastián Piñera an early lead.

He’s up towards Alejandro Guillier, who has been recommended by way of the present socialist President Michelle Bachelet.

With just below 47% counted, Mr Piñera has over 54% of the votes.

The poll used to be billed as a instantly selection between very other financial visions for the rustic, with observers staring at for a right-wing swing.

Billionaire businessman Mr Piñera has already ruled the rustic from 2010 to 2014, and had a slender lead in the newest opinion polls sooner than Sunday’s election vote.

He gained the primary spherical of votes by way of a big margin, when the collection of applicants lowered from 8 to 2 for a last run-off.

He has promised to rein within the reforms introduced in by way of President Bachelet, whilst his opponent Mr Guillier, then again, has campaigned at the again of President Bachelet’s legacy.

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President Bachelet hopes Mr Guillier will proceed a lot of her insurance policies

Whilst President Bachelet’s modern schedule has gained plaudits in a foreign country, her recognition plummeted all through her 2nd time period, due partly to a 2015 corruption scandal involving her daughter-in-law.

This yr, then again, the president overcame conservative opposition to effectively ease Chile’s strict anti-abortion regulations.

Conservative critics say Ms Bachelet driven her reforms too a ways.

A decade in the past, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela have been all ruled by way of left-wing leaders.

However lately, conservatives have come to energy in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, and Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution” has come underneath serious power with anti-government protesters taking to the streets for months.

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