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  • Sanchez and her supporters from the Broad Front, "Frente Amplio", shouting slogans during a news conference, November 30, 2017.

    Sanchez and her supporters from the Broad Front, "Frente Amplio", shouting slogans during a news conference, November 30, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 December 2017

Beatriz Sanchez, said in a statement "we hope that those who supported us go to the polls this December 17" while criticizing both runoff candidates.

Despite heavily criticizing right-wing candidate Sebastian Piñera, describing his leadership as a “setback”, the Chilean Broad Front movement gave leeway to voters by telling them to vote yet not endorsing any specific candidate.

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The opposing candidate to Piñera, Alejandro Guillier of the New Majority, was accused by the movement of having “ambiguity” on key policy positions.

Beatriz Sanchez, the leader of the Broad Front and its former presidential candidate, said in as statement that "we are not owners of the votes of the people. Our first call to each of our voters it is to reflect on the second round according to their own convictions and analysis (...) the Broad Front trusts the vote of the people and we hope that those who supported us attend to the polls on December 17. The power is in you and so it must be expressed."

While not directly endorsing Guillier, the statement continued that "our concern is Chile, which is not the current government. We know that Sebastian Piñera represents a setback. From the demands we hear on the streets from heartfelt citizens, the citizens need a better vision from the New Majority.”

In discussing possible unity between the Broad Front and the New Majority, Sanchez continued that “this isn’t about negotiating with us. It’s about negotiating with those who overwhelmingly support these changes in our society.”

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On this note, Sanchez criticized the New Majority on key issues such as labor law and education. “There are citizens who demand clarity. If Alejandro Guillier wants to leave this ambiguity and seek popularity from Chileans, he should clarify several points,” she said.

Both Piñera and Guillier have promised to maintain the free market status quo of Chile, with Piñera presenting a much more extreme and corporate-friendly and Guillier offering some concessions to the working class.

Guillier has insisted that he “would need everyone’s support.”

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