Communist Party backs Alejandro Guillier as next Chilean president

SANTIAGO – The Communist Party of Chile (CPC) has renewed its support for independent senator, Alejandro Guillier, as presidential candidate, while designing the list of candidates for the National Congress.

As a result of the plenary session of the CPC Central Committee, the organization, made up of the New Majority (NM) coalition, applauded Guillier’s registration as a candidate to La Moneda Palace, with more than twice of the required firms.

The politician is currently the figure that would potentially have the best options to compete in the November 19 first round against right-wing candidate, former President Sebastian Piñera, favorite at polls.

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Everything states that Guillier and Piñera would compete in the December 17 runoff, without ruling out the Frente Amplio candidate, Beatriz Sanchez.

The CPC plenary session decided most of the nominations for senators, among them current legislator Lautaro Carmona, secretary general of the organization, and lawyer Carmen Hertz.

Lorena Pizarro, president of the Association of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees; Javiera Olivares, current president of the College of Journalists, and Roxana Pey, former rector of the University of Aysen, are among the Deputy Chamber aspirants.

The CPC assessed the leadership’s role played by President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, in boosting a bill to decriminalize abortion in three cases, with support of Minister of Women, Claudia Pascual, a communist.