A conservative businessman Sebastian Pinera, appeared on course today to win the most votes in Chile’s presidential election, potentially ending nearly two decades of leftist rule which have left the country stable and prosperous.

Pinera, a billionaire who owns stakes in an airline and a media firm, said he would rejuvenate the economy but not radically shift Chile to the right. “Better times are coming to Chile,” he said.

A large number of Lebanese and Syrians immigrated to Chile in 1920s . Today it is estimated that about 4% of the Chilean population are of Middle East origin mainly Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and Middle East Armenians

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