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Chile's CPTPP membership in limbo with leftist win

Millennial Boric scores presidency by tapping into frustrations over inequality

Chile's President-elect Gabriel Boric delivers a speech on Dec. 19 to supporters in Santiago, Chile, after his victory.   © Reuters

SANTIAGO -- Chile's presidential victory of left-wing politician Gabriel Boric, who will be the youngest person ever to hold that office, has suddenly clouded prospects for ratification of the country's membership in the CPTPP trade deal.

In his victory speech Sunday night in the capital of Santiago, the 35-year-old Boric reiterated his pledge to tackle class disparities, laying out a vision to remake a country based on justice "with short but firm steps."

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