Two women lead the battle for control of Chile’s economic boom

Michelle Bachelet celebrates victory in Chile's first presidential primaries (photo: dpa)
Michelle Bachelet celebrates victory in Chile's first presidential primaries (photo: dpa)

Chile’s economy is booming on the back of its valuable copper exports as a presidential poll approaches. But few of its prosperous middle classes have any concept of the struggle for democracy in the 1980s and many of its young people are seeking reforms to income inequality, higher education and public services. One of two women election candidates will be given the task of using the copper assets to meet the needs of all of Chile’s population.

TWO WOMEN will contest the presidency for the first time in Chile’s history, in the November 2013 elections.

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The country is in the early stages of the campaign. The primaries are over and ...

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