On December 17, Guillermo Teillier, leader of the Chilean Communist Party, reminded Chile’s new Socialist president, Michelle Bachelet, that without the support of the left she would not have won. Said Teillier,“We now hope that Bachelet will fulfill the promises that she has made before the people and trade unionists. We are now going to start to fight to make sure that those promises are implemented”,
The Chilean Communist Party is still a major force. In the recent election it gained 10% of the vote under a First Past the Post system. President Bachelet is under pressure to move Chile to a proportional representation voting system.