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Chile prepares to vote for new president in Sunday vote

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 01:46

With campaigning wrapped up in Chile, the country's presidential candidates can only wait and hope as citizens head to the polls on Sunday. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera says he's ready to return as Chile's president. But he'll have to wait for the country to vote on Sunday before finding out if he'll get the chance. Pinera and center-left Alejandro Guillier lead a crowded field of candidates. The vote is widely seen as a referendum on outgoing President Michelle Bachelet's tax, labor and education reforms. Pinera has been here before.. preceding Bachelet as president until 2014. And now he says, he's ready for a comeback. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL SEBASTIAN PINERA, SAYING: "I am confident that on Sunday (November 19) we will take a big step forward, towards better times." The billionaire businessman has vowed to cut the corporate tax rate, overhaul Bachelet's tax reform and revitalize Chile's pension system.. whereas Guiller says he'll continue Bachelet's progressive reforms. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL, ALEJANDRO GUILLIER, SAYING: "I will have the historic honor of continuing on the path that a democratic Chile has built, which has secured many advances for large sectors like trade unions, communities, our middle class, our professional class, for education, for health." Guillier has also vowed to rewrite Chile's constitution to protect the rights of indigenous communities and workers. He and Pinera are expected to win the most votes and face-off again in a December run-off. If Pinera wins, the election would mark another rightward shift in the Americas, following the rise of conservative leaders in Peru, Argentina, Brazil... and the United States.

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Chile prepares to vote for new president in Sunday vote

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 01:46