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Socialist Bachelet Wins Chilean Presidency

Michelle Bachelet’s path to Chile’s presidency has taken her from a dictator’s jail cell to exile in East Germany and back home as a respected defense minister. Her rise to power stunned many Chileans who thought a socialist single mother jailed during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship stood little chance in this conservative Catholic country where divorce is a touchy issue. Bachelet, the first woman to be elected president in Chile, won 53 percent of the vote in Sunday’s runoff, compared to 46 percent for Sebastian Pinera, a conservative wealthy businessman, according to official results. Full Story

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