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Conservative former President Sebastian Piñera has won Chile's presidential runoff election against the officialist candidate.  
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<div class="content__meta-container js-content-meta js-football-meta u-cf The Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera looked set for a return to office after he secured a comfortable lead on his centre-left opponent Alejandro Guillier conceding the election in <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/chile-votes-in-tightly-contested-presidential-race/a-41827339">Chile's presidential runoff vote</a> on Sunday. The electoral results push <a class="u-underline" style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/chile">Chile</a> politically towards the right, as followed by other neighbouring nations like Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
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The Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera looked set for a return to office after he secured a comfortable lead on his<span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem"> centre-left opponent Alejandro Guillier conceding the election</span> in <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/chile-votes-in-tightly-contested-presidential-race/a-41827339">Chile's presidential runoff vote</a> on Sunday. The electoral results push<span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem"> </span><a class="u-underline" style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/chile">Chile</a> politically towards the right, as followed by other neighbouring nations like Argentina.  
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<div>The former president, <span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">68, </span>had claimed 54.57 percent of the vote <span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem"> in the runoff election</span>, <span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">to 45.43% for senator Guillier</span> according to the electoral agency which is<span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem"> a wider than expected margin in a race that pollsters had predicted would be tight.</span></div>  <div>The former president, <span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">68, </span>had claimed 54.57 percent of the vote <span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem"> in the runoff election</span>, <span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem">to 45.43% for senator Guillier</span> according to the electoral agency which is<span style="font-family: inherit;font-size: 1.6rem"> a wider than expected margin in a race that pollsters had predicted would be tight.
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Months of campaigning exposed deepening rifts among the country’s once bedrock centre left, an opening former president Piñera leveraged to rally more centrist voters around his proposals to cut corporate taxes, double economic growth and eliminate poverty in the world’s top copper producer. Months of campaigning exposed deepening rifts among the country’s once bedrock centre left, an opening former president Piñera leveraged to rally more centrist voters around his proposals to cut corporate taxes, double economic growth and eliminate poverty in the world’s top copper producer.
His opponent, senator and former journalist Alejandro Guillier congratulated Piñera and conceded the election shortly after the initial results. In his concession speech at a hotel in downtown Santiago, Guillier called his loss a “harsh defeat” and urged his supporters to defend the progressive reforms of outgoing <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/chiles-president-bachelet-pushes-to-decriminalize-abortion/a-18228379">President Michelle Bachelet</a>’s second term. Many Chileans had viewed the election as a referendum on her policies, which focused on reducing inequality by making education more affordable and overhauling the tax code  His opponent, senator and former journalist Alejandro Guillier congratulated Piñera and conceded the election shortly after the initial results. In his concession speech at a hotel in downtown Santiago, Guillier called his loss a “<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-election/chiles-pinera-wins-presidency-as-opponent-concedes-idUSKBN1EB07K?il=0">harsh defeat</a>” and urged his supporters to defend the progressive reforms of outgoing <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/chiles-president-bachelet-pushes-to-decriminalize-abortion/a-18228379">President Michelle Bachelet</a>’s second term. Many Chileans had viewed the election as a referendum on her policies, which focused on reducing inequality by making education more affordable and overhauling the tax code
Piñera, who ran the country between 2010 and 2014, will succeed outgoing President Bachelet, who steps down in March. Piñera, who ran the country between 2010 and 2014, will succeed outgoing President Bachelet, who steps down in March.
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A Harvard-educated businessman, Piñera sought to <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/anger-rising-over-chiles-private-pensions/a-36273424">capitalize on broad discontent</a> with the outgoing Bachelet, who struggled to fulfill campaign promises <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/asiganachile-student-led-resistance-demand-free-education-in-chile/a-39388503">to reform labor and education</a> in the country. A Harvard-educated businessman, Piñera sought to <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/anger-rising-over-chiles-private-pensions/a-36273424">capitalize on broad discontent</a> with the outgoing Bachelet, who struggled to fulfill campaign promises <a href="http://www.dw.com/en/asiganachile-student-led-resistance-demand-free-education-in-chile/a-39388503">to reform labor and education</a> in the country.
Though neither candidate would have marked a dramatic shift from Chile’s longstanding free-market economic model, a conservative victory underscores an increasing tilt to the right in South America following the rise of conservative leaders in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Though neither candidate would have marked a dramatic shift from Chile’s longstanding free-market economic model, a conservative victory underscores an increasing tilt to the right in South America following the rise of conservative leaders in Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
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Chile has been one of South America's fastest-growing economies in recent decades. Growth has slowed in recent years, due in part to the falling price of copper — the country's top export and unlike several other Latin American countries, voting is no longer mandatory in Chile. Around 14 million people were eligible to cast ballots on Sunday. Chile has been one of South America's fastest-growing economies in recent decades. Growth has slowed in recent years, due in part to the falling price of copper — the country's top export and unlike several other Latin American countries, voting is no longer mandatory in Chile. Around 14 million people were eligible to cast ballots on Sunday.
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