Liberalism receives boost in Chile as PLC’s Mirosevic re-elected with country’s largest mandate

With all votes counted, the leader of the Liberal Party of Chile (PLC – LI full member), Vlado Mirosevic, was re-elected to represent the northern region of Arica Parinacota in the Chilean congress last month – winning over 34% of the votes – becoming the most voted-for candidate in the Chilean Parliamentary elections of 2017.

The election result confirms the accelerating appeal of liberalism in northern Chile and builds on Mr Mirosevic’s breakthrough election in 2013. Deputy Mirosevic’s campaign focused on decentralisation, the promotion of secular values, and a strong local presence in Arica. “I’m glad our message was heard and the region’s voters understood what we are aiming to achieve. Our base of support has been growing steadily since 2013. Every day more of the region’s citizens share our approach to politics and our desire to build a different kind of democracy for Chile”, Vlado Mirosevic said.

The Partido Liberal de Chile is the only liberal progressive party that not only managed to maintain its presence in Congress but also increase its representation, with the election candidate Alejandro Bernales. In his region (Los Lagos), Alejandro Bernales is the only elected candidate not belonging to the traditional political elite.

The electoral block Frente Amplio, in which the PLC competed in the elections, won 20% of the vote, winning 20 seats in congress and gaining 1 seat in the senate. This result gives the Frente Amplio a significant presence in Chilean congress and has turned the diverse political block into serious voice in parliament.

A full breakdown of results can be found here.

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