Poll triumph raises high expectations in Chile for Bachelet’s presidency

Political rivals President Sebastian Pinera and his successor Michelle Bachelet (photo:dpa)
Political rivals President Sebastian Pinera and his successor Michelle Bachelet (photo:dpa)

Michelle Bachelet, one of the most popular presidents in Chilean history, will return to power in March 2014 after a poll which gave her 62 per cent of the vote. But while her popularity is likely to remain high, at least in the short term, she will be expected to fulfill some of the promises on education, reducing inequality and political reform that she made during the election. That could be increasingly challenging at a time when the economy has started to slow.

<i>Michelle Bachelet’s victory in Chile’s presidential elections is being seen as a major triumph. It is the second time as president for the Chilean doctor who should have the political clout to carry out reforms...

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