Daniel Jadue, mayor of Recoleta in the Chilean capital Santiago and grandson of a Palestinian immigrant, yesterday lost his attempt to be a major candidate in the November presidential election.
The presidential primaries left the 35-year-old left-wing student leader Gabriel Boric with 60% of the vote, pushing Jadue out of the race.
Right, 43-year-old independent Sebastian Sichel, former cabinet minister and president of Chile’s Banco del Estado, who sports a tattoo of a trout on his forearm and started the race as an outsider, defeated the conservative and twice presidential mayor. the candidate Joaquin Lavin, collecting 49% of the votes in a primary to four, Reuters reports.
Almost 97 percent of the votes were counted by 9 p.m. (01:00 GMT).
May’s vote for delegates to rewrite the constitution also defied expectations, with a majority of seats going to largely left-wing independent candidates, many of whom came from coalitions of social groups that emerged from protests against inequality that exploded in 2019.
The turbulent times in Chile, the world’s largest copper producer, have both market watchers and industry on edge, as mining, environmental and social policies are key issues in both the presidential race and the constitutional convention.
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