Elections in Chile: the elections closed and the scrutiny began to meet the new president

chili This Sunday met the second and last day of the presidential election that faces two completely opposite models: the one projected by the leader of Approve Dignity, Gabriel Boric, against the country model of the far-right candidate José Antonio Kast. The elections closed at 6:00 p.m. and immediately began the count to determine the new president of the trans-Andean country.

Kast and Boric had been the two most voted candidates in the first round, on November 21. The far-right leader, an admirer of Pinochet, had obtained 27.9% of the votes, while Boric had collected 25.8%. And since both percentages are far from exceeding the 50 percent required to win the ballot, the candidates jumped in to “hunt down” the vote of the parties that fell in the middle of the road. With some caveats, both gathered the support of the ideologically closest blocs: the right reflected in Sebastián Piñera backs Kast and the center-left, Boric.

During election day, the campaign command of the leftist candidate Boric – who beat his competitor in the vote of Chileans residing abroad – was concerned about the constant complaints from users of the public transport system who denounced delays in the subway, trains and ominus when they were about to vote in the presidential ballot that decides the future of the trans-Andean country.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Service of Chile confirmed the closing of the elections and denied any information about the extension of the voting hours after 6:00 p.m., “except for tables that still have lines of voters waiting to vote.”

How will the Congress be

Regardless of the ballot, in the first round election, on November 21, Chileans completely renewed the Chamber of Deputies, with 155 members, and partially the Senate, by electing 27 of the seats in the upper house, which will go from 43 seats to 50.

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In general terms, the right-wing alliance that currently governs Chile will have the largest bench in both chambers, although it does not reach half of the seats in either chamber. The center-left will have the second bench both in Deputies and in the Senate and, added to the left, it surpasses the right in the lower house and ties it in the lower house.

In a scenario of difficult governance, Boric is the one with the best chance of obtaining a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, while in the Senate, with an even number of seats, an almost absolute equality is emerging.

The coalition bench led by Boric, I Approve Dignity, will have 37 of the 155 deputies and five of the 50 senators. If to these numbers are added the seats of the parties that supported him for the second round – the center-left coalition, the New Social Pact, and other leftist formations – it would reach 79 seats in the lower house and 25 in the upper house. .

With regard to Kast, the Christian Social Front that accompanied his candidacy in the first round will have 15 of 155 deputies and one of 50 senators. If you add the seats of the current government alliance, Chile Podemos +, which supported it for the second round, it reaches 68 seats in the lower house and 25 in the upper house.

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