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Chilean President Piñera Has Not Had the Presidency He Expected

On an article originally published on the Chileno website, political analyst Patricio Zamorano reflects on the turbulent term of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and summarizes crucial moments of his admnistration, such as the student reform movement, by saying:

The student reform movement and the activism of hundreds of thousands of young people has lead to a new wave of political leaders who, despite their youth, have started political careers to be elected to the Chilean Congress, amongst them Camila Vallejo, Giorgio Jackson and Camilo Ballesteros.


About the Mapuche activists, Zamorano states that “Piñera has chosen a military rather than a socio-economic approach to the complex situation of the Mapuche people, who are engaged in a struggle to recover their lands”. He goes on and says the country “thought to be a miracle of macroeconomics, is an illusion of development which owes a huge debt” and Piñera's low levels of approval reached “a historic low of 26%” in April 2012. And Zamorano ends up his extensive piece claiming:

In that sense, Piñera has not been inept in his government. Strictly speaking, he has not been able to govern. Or rather, to be fair, he has not had the Presidency he dreamed of…

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