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Chileans Return Former President Sebastian Piñera to Office and Embrace the Resurgence of the Political Right

On December 17, 2017, former president and billionaire entrepreneur Sebastián Piñera won Chile’s presidential runoff election with surprising ease, adding Chile to the list of countries that have shifted to the Right in recent years. Piñera garnered over 54% of the vote over the 45% for center-left Senator Alejandro Guillier. While many pundits had predicted a closer race, there had been no significant opinion polls for several weeks. Guillier admitted that he had suffered a “severe defeat.” Pundits and commentators around the region jumped in with ideas on what, if anything, Piñera’s victory means for the rest of Latin America.

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