Gabriel Boric, a Democratic Socialist, has won the Chilean presidency with 56% of the vote. The last time this happened, the CIA helped orchestrate a coup.

By Common Dreams Staff,  CommonDreams

BREAKING: Gabriel Boric defeats José Antonio Kast – 56% to 44%.

The Associated Press is reporting:

A leftist millennial who rose to prominence during anti-government protests was elected Chile’s next president Sunday after a bruising campaign against a free-market firebrand likened to Donald Trump.

Kast recognized defeat and called his opponent to congratulate him on his “grand triumph” as supporters of Boric gathered in downtown Santiago to celebrate.


Chile chose Sunday between two presidential candidates offering starkly contrasting visions for their future— a far-right fascist and a Democratic Socialist candidate to lead the country through constitutional changes amid a widespread clamor for social reform.

Polls closed at 6:00 pm (2100 GMT) after ten hours of voting in 95 degrees Fahrenheit heat, with voter turnout higher than the 47 percent who turned out for the first election round last month.

The country of 19 million people fears mass protests in response to the outcome of the neck-and-neck race between the son of a Nazi, ultra-conservative Jose Antonio Kast, 55, and former student activist Gabriel Boric, a 35-year-old single, tattooed millennial.

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