There could also be eight candidates within the working for the presidency in Chile, however the race to exchange socialist president Michelle Bachelet has been relatively sluggish.
Not solely does the frontrunner, billionaire businessman Sebastián Piñera, have a large lead over all the opposite candidates, he’s additionally a recognized amount, having already ruled the nation from 2010 to 2014.
Nonetheless, Chile’s presidential ballot on Sunday is being intently watched within the area to see if it leads to one other loss for left-wing events in Latin America.
A decade in the past, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela had been all ruled by left-wing leaders.
However lately, conservatives have come to energy in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, and Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution” has come beneath extreme strain with anti-government protesters taking to the streets for months .
A win by Mr Piñera and his Chile Vamos coalition would additional consolidate that pattern.
How seemingly is a rightward swing?
Opinion polls recommend Mr Piñera shall be forward by a substantial margin within the first spherical on 19 November however that he could effectively fall wanting the 50% required to win outright.
This implies a run-off, scheduled for 17 December, is probably going.
Underneath Chile’s structure, incumbent Michelle Bachelet shouldn’t be allowed to face once more, as presidents usually are not allowed to serve consecutive phrases.
Her centre-left Nueva Mayoria (New Majority) coalition has endorsed senator Alejandro Guillier.
However thus far Mr Guillier, a former journalist and information anchor, has struggled to achieve floor on Mr Piñera whereas the latter has benefited from deep splits within the Chilean left to cruise to the entrance of the polls.
Third within the working is Beatriz Sánchez, a political newcomer representing the left-wing Frente Amplio (Broad Entrance) alliance.
Whereas some polls give Mr Piñera a 20-point lead over Mr Guillier, the polls additionally recommend second spherical may very well be a lot nearer, particularly if left-wing voters unite behind one candidate.
A right-wing swing in Chile is due to this fact not a given however the fixed assaults on Mr Guillier from his left-wing rivals in the course of the marketing campaign and the voters’s obvious discontent with the Bachelet administration current the centre-left candidate with an uphill problem.
What do the candidates stand for?
Mr Piñera has promised to rein in reforms introduced in by Michelle Bachelet, saying he’ll halt the growth of free college schooling and make modifications to pensions and taxes.
Mr Guillier, however, has campaigned on the again of President Bachelet’s legacy, vowing to spice up regional funding and shore up the welfare state.
Beatriz Sánchez says she desires to distribute Chile’s riches. She proposes elevating taxes and offering free schooling.
Is President Bachelet’s legacy on the road?
Whereas President Bachelet’s progressive agenda has gained plaudits overseas, her reputation plummeted throughout her second time period, due partially to a 2015 corruption scandal involving her daughter-in-law.
This 12 months, nonetheless, the president overcame conservative opposition to successfully ease Chile’s strict anti-abortion laws.
Conservative critics say Ms Bachelet pushed her reforms too far, whereas some voices on the left accuse her of shedding contact with the individuals.
Even Mr Guillier, who’s endorsed by Ms Bachelet’s coalition, says Chileans are demanding “actual change” and “reforms that attain common individuals”.
What’s in retailer for the winner?
Each Mr Piñera and Mr Guillier say that if elected, they are going to diversify exterior commerce to ease Chile’s dependency on its essential export, copper.
Financial progress in Chile is lagging behind that of different Latin American nations and analysts say a future dip in copper costs may trigger issues for whoever involves energy.
Tensions with indigenous communities within the southern Araucania area may additionally trigger complications for the incoming president, with reviews of unrest on the rise.
What may it imply for the area?
The Bachelet administration stepped up its function within the Venezuelan political disaster lately by providing asylum to Venezuelan opposition figures.
A victory for the correct in Chile would solely deepen the rift between the 2 international locations.
Likewise, Chile’s rising impatience with Bolivian chief Evo Morales would definitely solidify beneath Mr Piñera’s management.
However, relations with Argentina would seemingly grow to be nearer beneath Mr Piñera as he has typically expressed his admiration for the Argentine chief, Mauricio Macri.
Additional afield, Chile’s financial dependence on China and the US suggests a practical overseas coverage strategy.
A newly-signed replace to Chile’s free commerce cope with China, in addition to the previous’s presence within the Trans-Pacific Partnership, imply any incoming president will seemingly proceed trying to Asia for a lot of the nation’s commerce.