35-year-old Gabriel Boric has become Chile’s president.
Leftist and former student leader, Gabriel Boric, 35, has been elected Chile’s youngest President after he won a presidential runoff election on Sunday.
With 99.95% of ballots counted, Boric won with 55.87% of the vote, securing victory over his right-wing opponent, Jose Antonio Kast, who trailed with 44.13%, according to the Electoral Service of Chile. Boric will be sworn in as President on March 11.
Earlier Sunday, Kast conceded the election to Boric and congratulated his opponent “on his great triumph.”
“From today he is the elected President of Chile and deserves all our respect and constructive collaboration. Chile is always first,” Kast tweeted.
Speaking to supporters at his campaign headquarters Sunday night, President-elect Boric thanked the people of Chile.
“I want to begin this historical moment which is tremendously exciting, and that the eyes of Chile and the world are watching, thanking all Chileans who went to vote, honoring their commitment to democracy,” he said.