After twenty relatively successful years, the Concertacion has lost the Presidential elections in Chile and the right will be in power for the first time. There are many reasons why this may be bad news, including the fact that Piñera is a billionaire with a TV program (does Berlusconi ring any bells?) and that a slow down in progressive socio-economic reforms should be expected (in a country where reducing inequality has been difficult). Yet if one wants to be optimistic in these difficult times, there are two facts to remember:
a. This was the final step needed for the consolidation of democracy.
b. This gives the Concertacion a unique opportunity to redefine their agenda and, hopefully, move to a more progressive path.
Will they use the opportunity? And will we see more continuity or change?