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Chile goes to polls on Sunday

 BOGOTA:Elections will take place Sunday in Chile.The two leading candidates are Jose Antonio Kast on the extreme right and Gabriel Boric on the left.

Boric, a 35-year-old former student leader, represents many of the social movements behind social protests in 2019, when Chileans took to the streets to demand better health care, quality education and economic equity. ???????

Kast, a 55-year-old lawyer and former deputy, who in the past has shown his sympathy for the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, has anti-immigration rhetoric and has spoken out against abortion.

 

 

 While Boric is labeled a "communist" by his detractors, Kast is accused of supporting former US President Donald Trump and current Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

The elections are taking place at a turbulent time when the Senate has just shelved an impeachment trial against President Sebastian Pinera for his involvement in a controversial sale of a mining company through a firm owned by his children. ???????

Almost 15 million Chileans are taking part to elect Pinera's successor.

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