SANTIAGO – The leader of Chile’s Christian Democratic Party, Sen. Carolina Goic, was chosen on Saturday as that political grouping’s candidate in presidential elections scheduled for Nov. 19.
She was chosen at a party gathering Saturday in Santiago.
Goic said that as Chile’s president she would work to overcome some of the country’s pressing challenges, including pension reform and a further strengthening of the decentralization process to reduce regional inequality.
The senator, however, has not yet said if she will compete in the primaries of the broad ruling center-left New Majority coalition, whose members range from Christian Democrats to Communists.
Thus far, two individuals have been proclaimed as candidates for the New Majority primaries: former President Ricardo Lagos of the Party for Democracy and independent Sen. Alejandro Guillier of the Social Democrat Radical Party.
The Socialist Party, to which current Chilean President Michelle Bachelet belongs, is to decide on its candidate later this month.
The candidates expected to compete for the nomination of the center-right Chile Let’s Go coalition include former President Sebastian Piñera, Sen. Jose Manuel Ossandon and lawmaker Felipe Kast, a member of the Political Evolution Party.
Piñera is the current leader in voter preference, according to a poll released earlier this week by consulting firm Adirmark, while Guillier is running second.
That same poll put Bachelet’s approval rating at just 23 percent. She is not eligible to run because consecutive presidential terms are constitutionally barred in Chile.
At least 20 other politicians from parties not affiliated with the two main coalitions also have announced their presidential candidacies.