Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Chile shifts to the rightBy Patricio NaviaFor the HeraldMunicipal elections results hurt Lagos’ candidacyNEW YORK — The municipal elections in Chile held on Sunday confirmed the turn to the right that several Latin American countries have experienced in recent elections. The government was prepared to lose a few local governments, some of which it had surprisingly gained in 2012, when outgoing right-wing president Sebastián Piñera (2010-2014) and his right-wing Chile Vamos coalition suffered a setback. Chile Vamos’ mayors will govern 144 municipalities, including most of the regional capitals and the six of the most populated municipalities in Santiago. The election results are a boost to the right and to former president Piñera, who leads the polls among presidential hopefuls for 2017. As President Bachelet suffers from lame-duck syndrome, several presidential hopefuls have thrown their hats into the race.

Source:   Bueno Aires Herald
October 25, 2016 05:45 UTC