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Chilean president-elect Michelle Bachelet shows her vote in Santiago during the election on Dec. 15. Her her coalition won 55 per cent of the senate vote and 57 per cent of the lower house.
Chilean president-elect Michelle Bachelet shows her vote in Santiago during the election on Dec. 15. Her her coalition won 55 per cent of the senate vote and 57 per cent of the lower house.
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Chile’s new president faces most pressing threat from China

Michelle Bachelet, the popular former president of Chile, is back in power after winning Sunday’s runoff election in a landslide over her centre-right rival and onetime childhood playmate, Evelyn Matthei, by a wide margin.

It was a rare case where two women faced off for the top political job in a major Latin American country. But there is no question about which candidate made business people and investors more nervous. That would be the social democrat Ms. Bachelet.