Michelle Bachelet easily regains Chile presidency

Luis Andres Hehao – Boston Herald – Monday, 16 December 2013 (originally published 15 Dec)

Michelle Bachelet dancing to victory
Presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet dances during her closing campaign rally accompanied by a member of the “Quilapayun” folkloric group in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Bachelet, who became Chile’s first women president from 2006-2010, is now expected to retake the presidency in a Dec. 15 vote. Image: AP Photo/Jorge Saenz

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s once and future leader Michelle Bachelet easily won Sunday’s presidential runoff, returning center-left parties to power by promising profound social changes in response to years of street protests.

Bachelet won 62 percent of the vote, the most decisive victory in eight decades of Chilean elections. Her conservative rival, Evelyn Matthei only got 37 percent of the vote and conceded defeat in the worst performance for the right in two decades.

The 62-year old pediatrician ended her 2006-2010 presidency with 84 percent approval ratings despite failing to achieve any major changes. This time however, activists are vowing to hold her to her promises, which include raising corporate taxes to 25 percent from 20 percent to help fund an education overhaul and changing the dictatorship-era constitution, a difficult goal given congressional opposition . . .

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