Chile has pulled out of hosting two major international summits, including a UN climate change conference, as anti-government protests continue. President Sebastián Piñera said the decision had caused him “pain” but his government needed “to prioritize re-establishing public order”. The COP25 climate summit was scheduled for 2 to 13 December, while the Apec trade forum was next month. The UN said it was now looking at alternative venues.
Chile’s government will extend a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, President Sebastian Pinera said late on Sunday, after at least seven people were killed amid violent clashes and arson attacks over the weekend. “We are at war against a powerful enemy, who is willing to use violence without any limits,” Pinera said in a late-night televised statement at army headquarters in Santiago.
Conservative billionaire and former Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera, was elected by the people to serve a second term as Chile’s President, Sunday. Pinera defeated leftist candidate, Alejandro Guillier, who had been backed by the departing president, socialist leader Michelle Bachelet. Pinera called for unity after his victory, saying, ‘Chile needs agreements more than confrontations.’