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  • 20.10.2019
Pinera to face runoff for Chile presidency
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19.10.2019

Pinera to face runoff for Chile presidency

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Conservative billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera has won Chile's presidential election, but will now have to face leftist candidate Alejandro Guillier in a run-off in December.
The 67-year-old took 36.6 per cent of the vote with 99 per cent of votes tallied.
Independent senator Guillier, 64, who represented outgoing President Michelle Bachelet's centre-left coalition, received 22.6 per cent of the vote.
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Journalist Beatriz Sanchez, whose party Frente Amplio includes ecologists and left-wing liberals, came third with 20.2 per cent. The fourth, among a total of eight candidates, was right-winger Jose Antonio Kast with 7.9 per cent of the vote.
About 14 million people were eligible to cast their ballots in the vote for Chile's president, the 155 members of the Chamber of Deputies and part of the Senate.
"We have opened the door that will take us to better times," Pinera said, announcing a "new phase."
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Guillier vowed that the left, representing a "broader" Chile with more "solidarity," would win the second round on December 17.
The fragmentation of the left is thought to favour Pinera, unless leftist voters unite behind Guillier.
Should Pinera win in the December run-off, it would be the second time Chileans elected a conservative president since the end of Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship in 1990.
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