Socialist Michelle Bachelet was swept back into office Sunday, December 15, as Chile’s next president, on a platform of narrowing the gap between rich and poor. Bachelet, 62, takes office March 11 to succeed conservative billionaire President Sebastian Piñera for a term running through 2018. She served as Chile’s first woman president in 2006, leaving a lot undone which most Chilean want: mainly dismantling more of the political and social legacy of the Pinochet era. Bachelet’s contest with Matthei marked the first time in Latin America that a presidential runoff was held between two women.
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