Gabriel Boric Elected as Chile’s Youngest President in History

Leftist former student leader, 35-year-old Gabriel Boric, will become Chile’s youngest president and one of the youngest political leaders in the world. Boric won with 56% of the votes, while his opponent 55-year-old José Antonio Kast trailed with 44% of the votes.

These elections have been one of the most polarised in Chile’s history and there have been several socio-political and economic factors that have contributed to it.

The elections were preceded by the nationwide protests that started in 2019 as massive riots in the capital Santiago, in response to the rise in the city’s subway fare. It later spread across the country and grew to include anger towards rising inequality, privatisation and increasing cost of living.