A man votes in Santiago (Photo: REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido)

The rightist Jose Antonio Kast, of the Republican Party, leads with 29.05% of the votes against 23.83% of the leftist Gabriel Boric in the presidential elections this Sunday in Chile, with 30.16% of the votes counted.

Between the two, if these results are confirmed, they will have to decide the successor of Sebastian Piñera in a ballot scheduled for December 19.

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What are the provisional results of the vote in Chile?

Behind Kast and Boric, in a surprising third place with 13.73% of the votes, it is located Franco Parisi, from the People’s Party, branded as “populist” by his detractors and who lives in the United States, from where he campaigned.

“These results were not expected. No one thought of a third place for Parisi. The Kast thing is more to be expected ”, he confided to TN the director of the consulting firm MORI and founder of Latinobarómetro, Marta Lagos.

Behind, in a distant fourth place, the senator follows Yasna Provoste, of the New Social Pact heir to the Agreement of Michelle Bachelet, with 12.75%. Piñera’s candidate, Sebastian Sichel, gathers 11.79% of the votes.

A man votes in Santiago (Photo: REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido)By: REUTERS

Marco Enriquez-Ominami, of the Progressive Party, of the center-left, obtains 7.46 and last place Eduardo Artés, from the Patriotic Union, on the extreme left, with 1.39%.

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Voting is not mandatory and takes place in the middle of a constituent process. All the polls agree that none of the candidates will reach the majority necessary to become president in these elections and it will be necessary to hold a ballot on December 19.

Gabriel Boric voted in Punta Arenas (Photo: Juan Carlos Avendano / Reuters)
Gabriel Boric voted in Punta Arenas (Photo: Juan Carlos Avendano / Reuters)By: REUTERS

The role of Franco Parisi facing the ballot

As the scrutiny progressed, the great surprise of the day was undoubtedly the votes it obtained Franco Parisi, a candidate “absent” in the campaign since he is based in the United States.

The question they asked themselves at the time of Sunday’s business in Santiago is where they will go to pay their votes in a second round. “It depends on the power you obtain in the Parisian Parliament and with whom you negotiate“Heading into the ballot, Lagos said.

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What is at stake in the presidential elections of Chile this Sunday

In these elections, in addition to electing the new president between two ideological extremes, a good part of the Congress will be renewed: all the 155 deputies and 27 of the 50 senators, as well as the regional councils. Fifteen million Chileans were eligible to vote.

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Republican Party presidential candidate José Antonio Kast votes in a polling station during the presidential elections in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday, November 21, 2021. (AP Photo / Esteban Félix)
Republican Party presidential candidate José Antonio Kast votes in a polling station during the presidential elections in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday, November 21, 2021. (AP Photo / Esteban Félix)

But there is an additional point that sneaks into these elections: they are held in conjunction with the constituent assembly that began meeting on July 4 and whose objective is to draft a new Constitution that leaves behind the one inherited from the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

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