Chile’s new president: 15 Minutes on Latin America

Pinera

In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Sebastian Piñera wins Chile’s presidency.

Related reading:
Market Watch: Billionare investor Piñera wins Chile presidency
Newsreal:
The Dominoes Begin to Fall: Chile’s Leftists Lose Presidency After 52 Years in Power

The Santiago Times: Piñera Defeats Frei In Chile Presidential Election
Op-ed at the Santiago Times, Memory Versus Hope, Frei Versus Piñera

(This election, like so many, is between the party of memory and the party of hope, past versus future. The Concertación’s only hope is that the majority of Chileans still take the left’s suffering during the Pinochet dictatorship so much to heart that they won’t vote for the presidential candidate they judge to be more closely allied to the dictatorship.

(Frei—and much more important—Frei’s father, the former Chilean President Eduard Frei Montalva (in office 1964-70) called for Marxist President Salvador Allende (1970-73) to be removed from office, by military coup if necessary. But they later were advocates of Chile’s return to democracy, and thus Pinochet opponents.

(Piñera, too, was a Pinochet opponent. He led the alliance of businessmen who loudly announced they would vote NO to Pinochet’s continuing in office in the crucial 1988 plebiscite. But his center-right political party, Renovación Nacional (RN), is allied with the farther-right UDI party, which is the home of most Pinochetistas.

Chile Stocks Surge In Early Trading On Pinera Pres Election
On the left, Nikolas Kozloff: Chile’s Presidential Election and Future of South American Left
WSJ: Chile’s Frei Concedes Defeat to Piñera
Juan Forero at the WaPo: Conservative billionaire businessman Piñera is elected president of Chile
NYT: Right-Wing Businessman Wins Chile’s Presidency

Prior post: Chile: Runoff election today

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