Leftist lawmaker Gabriel Boric has become Chile’s youngest-ever president at age of 35, on promises of installing a “welfare state” in one of the world’s most unequal countries.
Leftist lawmaker Gabriel Boric defeated right-wing candidate Jose Antonio Kast in Chile’s presidential runoff on Sunday.
The 35-year-old, who rose to prominence leading protests in 2011 demanding better education, will be the nation’s youngest leader, Reuters reported.
Boric has promised to address economic inequality, raise taxes on the rich and boost green investments, according to the BBC.
The streets of Santiago exploded in celebration after far-right lawyer Jose Antonio Kast conceded a polarized presidential election to his leftist rival Gabriel Boric, congratulating the new “president-elect” on Twitter.
Who is Gabriel Boric?
Gabriel Boric is a native of Punta Arenas, in Chile’s far south, Boric as a student led the Federation of Students at the University of Chile in Santiago.
He rose to prominence leading protests in 2011 demanding improved and cheaper education. By 2014, still in his 20s, he had joined the national Congress as a lower-house lawmaker, representing Chile’s vast and sparsely populated southernmost region of Magallanes.
His win in the country’s second round paves the way not only for a generational shift but also for the biggest economic changes in decades for one of Latin America’s richest countries, a global financial market favorite.
He will face enormous challenges including a divided congress, sharp economic slowdown, the writing of a new constitution and the lingering threat of social unrest.”