Who are the 9 candidates for president of Chile?

Nine candidates for president will compete in the Chilean elections. They are those who signed up before the Electoral Service (Servel) after obtaining the more than 33 thousand necessary sponsorships and confirming their name on the ballot for the November 21 elections and, eventually, the second round of December 19 .

Sebastián Sichel, the official candidate,

The candidate of the conservative ruling bloc, Sebastián Sichel, lived in hippie camps and did not watch television as a child. This 43-year-old lawyer was originally a member of the Christian Democracy and later supported Sebastián Piñera, to the point that he was one of its ministers (Social Development).

At the beginning of this year, interviewed by the channel 24 Horas, said that he is a presidential candidate “from the center”. He added that the right “lacks a street” and that a center-right government needs “a common ideological cause, but with social and cultural diversity.”

He left the presidency of Banco Estado to be one of the candidates of the coalition that led Piñera to win the 2017 presidential elections. This week, Vamos Chile changed its name to support Sichel’s candidacy to “Chile Podemos +”

Regarding his proposals, Sichel has said that in the first 100 days of his eventual government he would focus on reducing bureaucracy, freeing up entrepreneurship and strengthening the social protection network.

Gabriel Boric, the candidate of the left bloc I approve of Dignity

The candidate of the I Approve Dignity coalition, Gabriel Boric, was the surprise of the Frente Amplio when he defeated the favorite of the polls and candidate of the Communist Party, Daniel Jadue in the primaries.

“If Chile was the cradle of neoliberalism, it will also be its grave,” said Boric in his first words as the presidential candidate of the left.

The youngest candidate for the presidency, had an active student militancy and was one of the spokesmen for the Chilean Student Confederation in 2011. The student mobilizations catapulted him to the national scene of the country and in March 2014 he assumed the position of deputy which he renewed in the 2017 elections.

Yasna Provoste, the candidate of the center-left

Two days after the closing of the registrations, Yasna Provoste was imposed by a large majority in citizen consultation and became the presidential letter of the Constituent Unit, the bloc made up of center-left parties in Chile.

Provoste, 51, joined the Christian Democrats at 14, when the Pinochet dictatorship still ruled Chile. During the Piñera government, she has gained visibility from her position as president of the Senate, where she has played a key role in the crossroads between the Executive and Congress, especially in handling the pandemic.

The member of the DC has been part of the government teams of the center-left since her youth. She was a member of the government teams of Eduardo Frei (1994-2000) and Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006) and was Minister of Education during Michelle Bachelet’s first term (2006-2010), but in 2008 she was removed from office due to a constitutional accusation that left her five years without being able to participate in elections or hold public office.

When the Constituent Unit made its parliamentary list official before the Servel, it began to use the name “New Social Pact.”

José Antonio Kast, the candidate of the far-right Republican Party

While the television channels announced the surprise triumphs of Boric and Sichel in the primary elections, the leader of the right-wing Republican Party, José Antonio Kast, made his candidacy official for the November elections from his Twitter account.

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The lawyer and former deputy militated for many years in the Independent Democratic Union (UDI). Kast was a candidate in the 2017 elections. On that occasion he obtained 7.93% of the votes, which represents the support of more than 523 thousand Chileans.

Kast vindicates, without complexes, the legacy of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, to the point that in the last electoral campaign he said that “taking the whole issue of human rights” the Chilean dictatorship (1973-1990) was more important “for the development of the country Than the first government of Piñera, between 2010 and 2014.

It also strictly respects the main programmatic guidelines of right-wing leaders such as Jair Bolsonaro and political groups such as Vox de España: it is against the decriminalization of abortion and equal marriage, it repeatedly mentions the “globalist plan of George Soros” and has presented projects to stop the entry of immigrants (in the last campaign he proposed closing the border with Bolivia).

Marco Enríquez-Ominami, the candidate of the Progressive Party (PRO)

The founder and leader of the center-left Progressive Party (PRO) of Chile, Marco Enríquez-Ominami, confirmed from his social networks that he will be a candidate in the presidential elections for the fourth time.

Enríquez-Ominami was able to register after the Constitutional Court (TC) accepted a request from the PRO leader to regain his political rights. Enríquez-Ominami is accused of paying irregular electoral expenses in 2013 and of having received illegal financing from the company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile before 2016.

In an interview with Futura radio, the politician and filmmaker assured that he wants to “be present in the presidential election to remove” the government of Sebastián Piñera and “his remote control Sichel”, in reference to the official candidate. Who represents the quiet force of change? I don’t see it in Chile, “he added.

Diego Ancalao, the candidate of the People’s List

The activist of Mapuche origin Diego Ancalao managed to gather the necessary signatures and registered as the presidential candidate of the People’s List movement.

“I am a Mapuche person who lives both worlds, discrimination, lack of opportunity, and this candidacy is to heal the deep wounds that this country has, inequality, poverty, with Mother Earth and the debt it owes to the native peoples, “he said.

“This candidacy seeks to represent those of Chile Profundo, forgotten and excluded, who have never had the opportunity to speak for themselves, because they have always been interpreted by political parties, who speak on behalf of the poor and the people, but do not want them to the poor and the people enter the presidential debate, “he added.

Eduardo Artés, the candidate for the Patriotic Union

The current secretary general of the Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) will run under the Patriotic Union, a party of which he is also president. Eduardo Artés Brichetti, 69, is running for the second time since the 2009 election when he reached 0.51% of the vote.

Franco Parisi and Gino Lorenzini, candidates for the People’s Party

Franco Parisi will again seek to reach the presidency, this time for the People’s Party. The engineer ran in 2013 as an independent candidate.

On this occasion, Parisi will share the same coalition as the founder of the financial company Felices y Forrados, Gino Lorenzini. After collecting more than 42 thousand signatures, Lorenzini made his place on the ballot official and assured that he will promote “a popular capitalism that puts money in people’s pockets.”

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