OAS congratulates Gabriel Borek on his victory in the Chilean presidential election

The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, congratulated Gabriel Boric on his victory in the second round of the presidential elections in Chile over Jose Antonio Caste, At the same time I assessed that the residents of Chile had implemented a “Day of Democratic Expression”.

Congratulations to the Chilean people on Democratic Expression Day, And Gabriel Borek for his victory at the polls,” Almagro stated through a message on his profile on the social network Twitter.

“I’m certain of With your leadership, we will advance together on issues of democracy, human rights, security and sustainable developmentPillars of the Organization of American States”.

Borek won 55.86 percent of the vote against 44.14 percent for Caste, According to the official results published by the Chilean Electoral Service (SERVEL), 98.87 percent of polling stations have been counted.

Borek, from student leader to Chile’s first “millennial” president

From the southernmost tip of Chile, leftist Gabriel Borek, 35, became the youngest president of Chile on Sunday, A country with great social inequalities that the leader Millennium He wants to solve it by strengthening the welfare state.

The former student leader was elected against the far right Jose Antonio Caste, 55, a lawyer, by 11 points.

Caste immediately recognized Borek’s resounding victory Provoking the best wishes of the outgoing President, the conservative Sebastian Pinera, In a phone call is traditionally tuned by all TV channels. Usually this is done with an old phone, but this time it was via a video call.

Gabriel Boric was born in the southern city of Punta Arenas, 3,000 kilometers south of Santiago, to a middle-class family with great-grandparents from Croatia and Catalonia. – Photo: AP

Borek, for whom “the country gets the best of it when we unite”, She will lead a country that puts its new constitution into a founding agreement, stemming from social protests in October 2019.

It will also have to deal with the economic crisis Drawn from health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

I realized this was apostolic for Gabriel and stopped fighting. That to me is stepping on stones all the time. I wanted a more comfortable and classic life (for him),” his mother, Maria Soledad Font, told AFP from her hometown of Punta Arenas, about 3,000 kilometers south of Santiago.

She did not want Borek to enter politics, but the wall of her old bedroom already showed a young man focusing on her: “Let’s be realistic, do the impossible” or “Mind is power”, It is still read on the walls of the room on the second floor of his parents’ house.

We are the heirs of those who fought to make Chile a more just and dignified country. He argued in his closing speech for his election campaign, during which he proposed a state focused on improving the basic rights of a population with serious inequality following the neoliberal model imposed during Augusto Pinochet’s 31-year dictatorship (1973-1990).

start from the back

Although he says he has “a lot to learn”, he asserts that he wants to benefit from the “experience” of previous presidents he criticized when he was a student leader and deputy, among them socialists Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006) and Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010; 2014-2018). Both have given him a smooth backing in recent weeks.

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Supporters of Gabriel Borek, of the Agree with Dignity coalition, see Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, left, on screen as he speaks to Borek to congratulate him on his victory in the second round of the presidential election in Santiago de Chile. – Photo: AP

Borek is not afraid to change course. during The nearly seven-month campaign modified his rhetoric about the rebel boy who led student protests in 2011 to demand “public education.”free and high quality ”, to the Social Democrat.

“I would like to say that his honesty, transparency and openness to dialogue, They are two of Gabriel’s greatest virtues, and this is extremely important in the next president of Chile,” He highlighted his brother Simon Borek, a 33-year-old journalist, in comments to AFP.

his transformation Politics go hand in hand with a change of appearance.

Only a few of the shaggy bearded youth left who drove The Students’ Union of the University of Chile (FECH) in 2014, when he was 27 years old, Took a first term for the deputy. Today he wears a jacket and shirt, with shorter hair, a neat beard and glasses.

With information from Europa Press and AFP

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