Meet Gabriel Boric: Youngest President in The World
Gabriel Boric was born in the city of Punta Arenas in the year 1986. Simón and Tomás are his two brothers.
Boric went to The British School in his hometown to study. In 2004, he came to Santiago to study law at the University of Chile.
In 2009, he completed his studies and was elected President of the Law School Students’ Union.
He subsequently focused on studying for his degree’s final exam and completing his required internship.
He did, however, flunk the test in 2011 and did not retake it.
Boric has never acquired a law degree and has stated in interviews that he never intended to work as a lawyer, preferring instead to be a writer. Boric worked as a waiter for part of his time at university.
The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic in Chile escalated the confrontation with the government in 2020, while civil unrest was on hold due to lockdowns in most of the country.
This, together with the joint campaign for the constitutional referendum, served to bring the left and center-left opposition together, particularly the Broad Front and Chile Digno, a Communist Party-led alliance.
Following the October 2020 referendum, in which 78 percent of voters backed the notion of a new Constitution, many meetings were conducted to form a cohesive opposition in the May 2021 elections of mayors, regional governors, and members of the Constitutional Convention.
Boric advocated for more coordination among all parties, as well as the registration of fewer electoral lists.
Against all expectations, Boric won the Apruebo Dignidad primary election on 19 July 2021 with 1,059,060 votes (60.4%), while Jadue received 39.6%. Boric was also the most voted candidate in the general primary, surpassing all candidates of the Chile Vamosprimary which was held simultaneously.
Following his primary victory, Boric announced on Twitter that he would work together with Jadue during the general election in order to present a united front.
According to the main opinion polls, Boric and Chile Vamos candidate Sebastián Sichel were frontrunners for the presidential election. However, Sichel’s popularity plummeted a few months later and was surpassed by far-right candidate José Antonio Kast in the polls.
In the first round of the election held on 21 November, Boric obtained 25.82% of the vote, second to Kast’s 27.91%, and therefore went on to the second round. On 19 December 2021, Boric won the runoff with 55.85% of the vote. His inauguration was held on 11 March 2022.
By: George Owusu