Chile’s Michelle Bachelet pushes through catalogue of reforms

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet is driving through a reform agenda (photo: dpa)
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet is driving through a reform agenda (photo: dpa)

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has wasted no time since being elected in a virtual landslide a year ago to push through a catalogue of reforms. The socialist president promised in her election campaign to reduce inequality and to be more responsive to the popular will. And she is ramming through a change agenda against opposition calling for greater compromise and in the face of two debilitating financial scandals which threaten to undermine her leadership.

THE SUMMER months of January and February in Chile are supposed to be quiet while most of the country’s leaders are on holiday. But this is not the case in 2015. There has been scarcely a moment’s respite from a bitter, polar...

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