View Last Debate Between Chilean Presidential Candidates Before Jan. 17 Run-Off Election

January 13, 2010 By Roque Planas

Chileans head to the polls on Jan. 17 for a run-off presidential election. At the moment, Sebastián Piñera of the center-right Coalición por el Camio is expected to defeat the governing Concertación candidate and former president Eduardo Frei. Though the center-left Concertación has held the presidency since Chile’s return to democracy and Michelle Bachelet enjoys record-high approval ratings, Piñera won the first round election on Dec. 13 with 44% of the vote against Frei’s 30%. Under the Chilean system, the top two presidential candidates face each other in a run-off election if neither secures more 50% in the first round.

Spanish speakers can view the last presidential debate, which took place on Jan. 12, in the YouTube videos below.