Presidential elections goes to second round


The Chilean presidential election will go to a second round on 15th December after no candidate managed to reach more than 50% of the vote in yesterday’s first round.

The Socialist Party candidate, Michelle Bachelet, failed to achieve a first round victory although this had been widely expected. In the end Ms Bachelet claimed 46.67% of the vote. She will face Evelyn Matthei of the Independent Democratic Union who is backed by incumbent President Sebastián Piñera and who took 25.01% of the votes.

Two other candidates made it above the 10% mark; they were Marco Enríquez-Ominami of the Progressive Party on 10.96% and Franco Parisi, an Independent, who took 10.11%.

Voting had been compulsory in previous elections but not this one, the turnout was 49.03%.

Michelle Bachelet is still the favourite to win the 15th December runoff. Whoever wins, they will take up their new post on 11th March 2014.

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