Nineteen days before the second round of election that will decide who the next Chilean president will be, the center-left candidate Alejandro Guillier is setting the course, while the conservative contender, Sebastian Piñera, launches a strong offensive.
Senator Guillier, who was second to the former president in the first round of election on November 20, is trying to convince a large number of center-left people about the program that he will implement if he wins.
In that regard, he met the citizens’ expectations, particularly the irreverent Frente Amplio (FA), with answers that some analysts have described as realistic about pardoning the poorest families’ debts on education.
Guillier also favored a deep reform of the system of Insurers of Pensions Fund, which created a spontaneous movement by people who reject the enrichment of private companies that operate in that sector.
However, some members of the FA, a group made up of small left-wing parties and movements, criticized the lawmaker for not responding clearly to the demands as demanded by Chileans.
Guillier was nearly 15 percent behind Piñera, and the journalist Beatriz Sanchez, the candidate from the FA, was barely 2 percent behind the runner from the ruling coalition. While there are still doubts about the FA’s stance, the former occupant of La Moneda Palace is gathering support from a center-right sector and is focusing his campaign on demonizing the Michelle Bachelet administration.
Another issue stated by Piñera is that if people vote for Guillier, Chile may become another Venezuela, in terms of the political and economic crisis affecting that South American country.
Back to the 1960s, the tycoon is trying to revive the anti-communist campaign against Cuba at the time, by saying that Venezuelan children are taken to Russia after they are born, as they said about the Caribbean island.