A Vote on the Future of Chilean Copper and Lithium
MIN READDec 5, 2017 | 10:48 GMT
Chile presidential candidates (left to right) Beatriz Sanchez, Alejandro Guillier and Sebastian Pinera.
In less than two weeks, voters will make a decision that could affect the crucial Chilean copper and lithium extraction industries, buttresses of the country's economy and a key area for future growth. In a Dec. 17 election, voters will choose between center-right candidate Sebastian Pinera and center-left candidate Alejandro Guillier, the top two finishers in the first round of balloting, to become the country's next president. The first-round results also included an unexpectedly strong showing by Beatriz Sanchez, the candidate representing the left-wing Broad Front coalition, elevating the group's political stature during the contest's deciding round. While capturing Broad Front's support could boost Guillier's chances of victory, to win the coalition's backing, he would have to incorporate its economic proposals, which could have a major effect on the country's energy and mining industries.