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29 June 2017 17:56 (South Africa)

Latin American billionaire Sebastian Pinera in pole position in Chilean presidential race

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Sebastian Pinera

Sebastian Pinera, billionaire and right-of-centre politician overwhelmed three leftist candidates with 44% of the popular vote (former pres. Edauardo Frei had 30%, and two others, breakaway socialist Marco Enriquez-Ominami and communist Jore Arrate had 20% and 6%), setting up a run-off between Pinera and Frei on Jan. 17, 2010. Pinero's like win would end leftist presidential rule in Chile since 1990. Despite major economic and social gains, polls indicate Chileans are eager for political change. A key question is whether Pinera can gain the support of voters who backed Enriquez-Ominami - with some analysts predicting as much as one third of Enriquez-Ominami's supporters will shift to Pinera. The Chilean economy has lowered poverty from 45% in 1990 to 13% but the serious wealth gap and underfunded education means voters believe much more still needed to be done to redistribute Chile's copper wealth. For more, read the AP

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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