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Gabriel Boric elected Chile’s youngest ever President

Leftist candidate Gabriel Boric has won Chile’s presidential election to become the country’s youngest ever leader.

In his victory speech, Mr Boric said he was taking on the job with humility and a “tremendous sense of responsibility”, vowing to “firmly fight against the privileges of a few.

He added that in the coming years, the future of Chile was at stake.

“So I guarantee that I will be a president who cares for democracy and does not risk it, listens more than speaks, seeks unity, and attends to the needs of the people daily,” he said.

BBC reported early on Monday that the 35-year-old former students union leader defeated his far-right rival, José Antonio Kast by nearly 11 percentage points.

Mr Boric’s victory prompted celebrations on the streets of the capital Santiago, with his supporters waving flags and honking car horns.

Once the most stable economy in Latin America, Chile has one of the world’s largest income gaps, with 1% of the population owning 25% of the country’s wealth, according to the United Nations.