NYT: Former President of Chile Poised to Regain Her Seat

NYT: Former President of Chile Poised to Regain Her Seat

The New York Times reporting that the Chilean Presidential elections of yesterday November 17th, resulted in a Batchelet 46.7% vote total, far outperforming her closest rival at 25%.  However, this was not enough to avoid a December run-off election for the seat which she appears favored to win.

The following quote from Batchelet specifically caught my attention relative to my dissertation research here in Chile:

“Chile has voted for our proposals for a more modern and just country,” Ms. Bachelet, 62, told cheering crowds in Santiago, the capital, on Sunday night. “People have voted for free and quality education [emphasis added], for an end to profit, for more integration and opportunities for our children. Chileans have voted for a tax reform to enable the needed reforms in public health, pensions, social policies, and for those who have more to contribute as they should.”

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