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Chile Heads to the Polls Amid Discontent

Chileans will head to the polls on Dec. 17 for the second round of the South American nation's presidential elections.

While center-left candidates did much better than expected, turnout was less than 50 percent.

Meanwhile, massive protests persist in the country over a wide range of issues including pension and labor reform, rights of women and Indigenous Mapuche peoples, as well as education and health.

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First Round Results

Chile: Billionaire Piñera to Face Center-Left Guillier in Runoff

Conservative billionaire Sebastian Piñera obtained with 36 percent, followed by center-left candidate Alejandro Guillier from New Majority with 22.6 percent. READ MORE

 

Chile in Between Protests and Disillusion

A Chilean votes in the 2013 General Elections.
A Chilean votes in the 2013 General Elections. PHOTO: Reuters

Center-Left Candidate Narrows Gap with Piñera for Presidential Bid

One of the main issues that will dominate this election will be the possibility of calling for a constituent assembly to change the Constitution, which was created in 1980 and approved in 1981 under the military regime of Augusto Pinochet." READ MORE

Chile: Presidential Election Campaigns Underway

Among the presidential candidates are former President Sebastian Piñera of the right-wing Chile Vamos party, Alejandro Guillier, an independent, Beatriz Sanchez of the leftist Broad Front, Carolina Goic of the conservative Christian Democracy Party and Jose Antonio Kast, a right-wing independent. READ MORE

A Constituent Assembly Is Essential For a New Chile: Activist

Left-wing parties in Chile are pushing for a plebiscite that will begin a Constituent Assembly to address the main social issues that affect young people, workers, and families. READ MORE

Mapuche Indian and other activists take part in a rally against Columbus Day in downtown Santiago, Chile October 9, 2017.
Mapuche Indian and other activists take part in a rally against Columbus Day in downtown Santiago, Chile October 9, 2017. PHOTO: Reuters

97% Chileans Reject Neoliberal Private Pension System

Under this system, pensioners are required to deposit their retirement savings into individual accounts managed by the likes of privately operated Pension Fund Administrators, AFPs. READ MORE

97% Chileans Reject Neoliberal Private Pension System

Public sector workers in Chile demand more investment to the country's public spending budget and improve wages for workers. READ MORE

Mapuche Resistance March Against Repression, Arrests, Murders

Chile's largest Indigenous group continues to its fight against the government as it tries to regain land lost during Chile's 19th-century expansion southward into the Mapuche-held territory.READ MORE

 
  • Chilean conservative presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Santiago, Chile September 20, 2017.

    Chilean conservative presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Santiago, Chile September 20, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • Chilean presidential candidate Beatriz Sanchez (C) from "Frente Amplio" (Broad Front) coalition, takes part in a campaign rally with artisanal fishermen ahead of the next presidential election in November 2017 in Valparaiso, Chile October 22, 2017.

    Chilean presidential candidate Beatriz Sanchez (C) from "Frente Amplio" (Broad Front) coalition, takes part in a campaign rally with artisanal fishermen ahead of the next presidential election in November 2017 in Valparaiso, Chile October 22, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • Chilean presidential candidate Alejandro Guillier from government coalition, speaks during a news conference after taking part in a live radio discussion in Santiago, Chile October 20, 2017.

    Chilean presidential candidate Alejandro Guillier from government coalition, speaks during a news conference after taking part in a live radio discussion in Santiago, Chile October 20, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • A member of a feminist organisations is detained by riot police during a rally against sexual harassment and gender violence in Santiago, Chile October 24, 2017.

    A member of a feminist organisations is detained by riot police during a rally against sexual harassment and gender violence in Santiago, Chile October 24, 2017. | Photo Reuters

  • A man reads files of recently declassified CIA documents that show U.S. involvement in Pinochet

    A man reads files of recently declassified CIA documents that show U.S. involvement in Pinochet's coup in 1973, during an exhibit at Chile's Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile October 26, 2017. | Photo Reuters

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