Chile’s new president – level 3

17-03-2022 07:00

Gabriel Boric is Chile’s youngest president in history, and the most left in half a century.

Boric defeated his far-right rival José Antonio Kast by 10 points. Both candidates offered very different visions for the country, and both represented political parties that had never been in government. The 36-year old socialist and former student leader aspires to be one of the world’s greenest leaders. He’s in the vanguard of Latin American awareness of climate change and its inequalities, such as access to clean water, destruction of the rainforest, indigenous rights, or mining benefit.

Boric faces huge challenges, such as a divided government, severe economic slowdowns, and mistrust over his relationship with the communist party. However, he’s a millennial who fits the outlook of many people of his generation.

Difficult words: aspire (to want something very much or hope to achieve something), vanguard (a group of people who lead the development of new ideas), millennial (a person who reached young adulthood in the early 21st century).

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