More polarized than ever, Chile risks losing its privileged place in the region

Increased polarization may make it more difficult to reach a consensus on state policies and the country may lose the leadership it once exercised.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After two years of political vertigo and hours before a transcendental ballotage that can be resolved by one vote, Chile has at least one certainty: from now on, it will be a more polarized country.

This political novelty, the exclusion from the decision-making process of the two grand coalitions that have occupied the center of power since the return of democracy, will not only generate profound internal changes but may also redefine the place in the region of a country that for years was considered a model of political and economic stability.

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