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    Sebatian Pinera, Chile's former president who is now a presidential candidate. | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 December 2017

According to the 2012 Census, Chile's evangelical community accounted for about 3.5 million people, including 2.5 million registered voters.

Chile's former conservative president-turned-candidate Sebastian Pinera will meet representatives of evangelical churches, including the National Council of Evangelical Churches and the Coordination of Evangelical Pastoral Units of Chile, December 7.

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The meeting is in line with 50 measures the candidate has promised in the interests of pastoral churches. Pinera hopes to gain the votes of independent candidate Jose Antonio Kast, who was defeated in the first round but later endorsed Pinera and organized the meeting.

On Wednesday, Pinera briefly met with Alejo Riquelme, president of the union for retired military officials, in the region of Valparaiso. The pair reportedly discussed the union's demands before Pinera agreed to formally meet with union representatives next week.

When Pinera launched his candidacy at the National Museum of Natural History, small groups shouted slogans in favor of the former dictator on several occasions, sparking outrage on social media. Pinera later claimed he did not support the chants.

Pinera was president between 2010 and 2014, but was prevented for running for re-election because Chilean law forbids it. This is now Pinera's third presidential race: he lost his first bid in 2006 to current President Michelle Bachelet.

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