History Made as 35-Year-Old Student Activist Gabriel Boric Elected President Of Chile

History Made as 35-Year-Old Student Activist Gabriel Boric Elected President Of Chile

  • For a nation that has been roiled by social upheaval, the election of Gabriel Boric as Chile’s president-elect is indeed a great way to end the year
  • Prior to his election, Boric was a student activist at high school and in 2011 when he studied law at the University of Chile, he became a student union leader
  • Meanwhile, with 99.95% of ballots counted, Boric won with 55.87% of the vote, securing victory over his right-wing opponent, Jose Antonio Kast, who trailed with 44.13%

On Sunday, December 19, history was made as leftist Gabriel Boric became Chile’s youngest-ever president-elect with a landslide victory recorded over his far-right rival in a polarizing race, The New York Times reports.

Boric, 35, garnered nearly 56 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for ultra-conservative Jose Antonio Kast, who conceded even before the final result was announced.

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The president-elect started student activism in high school and in 2011, he studied law at the University of Chile, where he was then elected student union leader.

History made: 35-year-old student activist Gabriel Boric, elected president Of Chile
Gabriel Boric president-elect of Chile speaks to his supporters after the presidential runoff election on December 19, 2021 in Santiago, Chile. Photo credit: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images
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Daily Trust added that tens of thousands of Chileans took to the streets of the capital and other cities after Kast’s concession, honking car horns in approval, brandishing pro-Boric placards, waving the rainbow LGBTQ flag and shouting: “Viva Chile!”.

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His mantra

The president-elect had campaigned on the promise of installing a social welfare state, increasing taxes and social spending in a country with one of the world’s largest gaps between rich and poor.

He won by a margin of nearly a million ballots out of 8.3 million cast by 15 million eligible voters.

Boric will be inaugurated in March 2022.

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Source: Legit.ng

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