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Chilean disappointment

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A bleak future on the horizon for most Chileans. Economic problems and a wide social divide could lead to fierce uprisings.

Latin America’s most developed country is facing a complex presidential election in a context of significant popular disillusionment. Unsatisfied with the current administration of the centreleft president, Michelle Bachelet, who will leave La Moneda Palace with the lowest approval ratings since the time of dictator Augusto Pinochet, Chileans appear set to follow the trend that has been set by the majority of the country’s South American neighbours: electing a centre-right candidate. 

The current favourite is Sebástian Piñera, president from 2010 to 2014 and winner of the opposition primaries. Piñera is a seasoned politician who polls suggest would win a majority. He is nevertheless perceived by the Chileans as a candidate incapable of fully representing the changes that they desire.

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