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Gabriel Boric, a former student protest leader, has won the final round of Chile’s presidential election as the Latin American country took a decisive shift to the left after several years of civil unrest.

Boric secured 56 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s runoff, well ahead of José Antonio Kast, his ultra-conservative rival, on 44 per cent.

“I am going to be the president of all Chileans, whether you voted for me or not,” said Boric. The 35-year-old president-elect, who will take office on March 11, said he would strive for unity after a bitter contest between extremes of the political spectrum.