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       Sunday, January 15, 2006

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Socialist Leads Chilean Election

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Chilean socialist Michelle Bachelet is currently cited as the leader in the Chilean presidential election. Ms. Bachelet has participated in a previous center-left coalition government as defense minister. Current polls show her leading her opponent, Sebastian Pinera, by 53 to 47 percent.

Chile has been governed by a center-left coalition since the 1990 abdication of General Auguste Pinochet, whose controversial policies to hold the line against South American Marxism resulted in the imprisoning of many Chilean leftists and activists. Pinochet's government delivered economic successes, which succeeding governments have had difficulty in accomplishing, although the Chilean economy remains one of the strongest in the region.

If trends continue and Bachelet is elected, electoral analysts point to the strength of the women's vote as a key element in her victory.

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posted by Robert at 3:08 PM  


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