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December 15, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Former President Michelle Bachelet was elected to a new term as Chile's leader in a landslide victory Sunday, becoming the first woman to be reelected chief executive in the nation's history. With 90% of votes counted, she led her conservative opponent, former Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei, 62.3% to 37.7%. Representing the New Majority coalition of parties, the 62-year-old pediatrician leveraged her high standing with Chileans during and after her first four-year term, which ended in 2010, to coast to victory.
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December 15, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Former President Michelle Bachelet was elected to a new term as Chile's leader in a landslide victory Sunday, becoming the first woman to be reelected chief executive in the nation's history. With 90% of votes counted, she led her conservative opponent, former Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei, 62.3% to 37.7%. Representing the New Majority coalition of parties, the 62-year-old pediatrician leveraged her high standing with Chileans during and after her first four-year term, which ended in 2010, to coast to victory.
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June 30, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Marking a triumphant return to politics, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet won the right to run for another four-year presidential term in November. With 99% of the votes counted in Sunday's primary, the surgeon-turned-politician had an overwhelming 73.1%. Her closest opponent for the nomination of the center-left coalition New Majority was Andres Velasco, with 12.9%. Bachelet, who was president from 2006 to 2010, has remained extremely popular with Chileans.
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November 17, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government.
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November 17, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government.
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December 15, 2009 | By Chris Kraul
An overwhelming majority of Chileans are happy with President Michelle Bachelet, grateful for the social safety net she has extended to women and the poor, and optimistic about the future. Then why did Eduardo Frei, the candidate for her ruling center-left Concertacion coalition, fare so poorly in Sunday's presidential election, finishing a distant second to right-wing billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera in the first round of voting? For all the social progress under Bachelet, who leaves office in March because she is limited to one term under the constitution, there is dissatisfaction over Chile's economy and educational system.
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March 3, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Given the family history of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, it is with some irony that she has been forced in the final days of her government to call on the army to rescue her earthquake-ravaged nation. As a young woman, Bachelet was jailed and tortured by the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Her father, an air force general who opposed the 1973 military coup, died in jail. But now, faced with large-scale looting and food shortages, Bachelet, who heads the fourth consecutive center-left government since Pinochet's 1990 ouster, has sent in the troops.
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March 12, 2006 | Patrick J. McDonnell and Eva Vergara, Special to The Times
Michelle Bachelet, a lifelong socialist, former political exile and ex-prisoner of the military dictatorship, was sworn in Saturday as Chile's first female president with the luminaries of South America's new leftist leadership and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the audience. "Our strength will be the women," Bachelet, 54, told an animated, largely female crowd of thousands downtown as she made her initial address as chief of state from the ornate presidential palace, La Moneda.
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March 28, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
Barely more than a year in office, President Michelle Bachelet is suffering a sharp slide in voter confidence as her administration scrambles to salvage a botched public transport overhaul that has wreaked havoc in this capital. The Transantiago plan, designed to improve the city's chaotic system of buses and reduce pollution from the transit vehicles' exhaust, has instead stranded passengers, generated marathon waits and overtaxed the city subway.
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December 12, 2005 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
A Socialist and former political prisoner seeking to become Chile's first female president came in first place in national voting Sunday but was headed for a runoff election next month. Michelle Bachelet, candidate of the center-left coalition that has ruled Chile since dictator Augusto Pinochet left office in 1990, won about 46% of the vote, according to results from 96% of the ballots cast. That was more than 20 percentage points ahead of her two top challengers, both conservatives.
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June 30, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Marking a triumphant return to politics, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet won the right to run for another four-year presidential term in November. With 99% of the votes counted in Sunday's primary, the surgeon-turned-politician had an overwhelming 73.1%. Her closest opponent for the nomination of the center-left coalition New Majority was Andres Velasco, with 12.9%. Bachelet, who was president from 2006 to 2010, has remained extremely popular with Chileans.
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September 17, 2010
A single mother of three, survivor of prison torture and exile. A pediatrician, linguist and practiced buster of gender barriers as the first female president of Chile. This is the resume that makes Michelle Bachelet an excellent choice to lead the newly created United Nations agency to promote gender equality around the globe, to be called U.N. Women. With her appointment this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has brought some badly needed star power to the world organization in general and to women's issues in particular.
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March 3, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Given the family history of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, it is with some irony that she has been forced in the final days of her government to call on the army to rescue her earthquake-ravaged nation. As a young woman, Bachelet was jailed and tortured by the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Her father, an air force general who opposed the 1973 military coup, died in jail. But now, faced with large-scale looting and food shortages, Bachelet, who heads the fourth consecutive center-left government since Pinochet's 1990 ouster, has sent in the troops.
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March 1, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tracy Wilkinson
Looting spread in earthquake-leveled parts of Chile on Monday even as government troops deployed in armored vehicles and on horseback to restore order and protect shipments of food and water. Scores of people were arrested for violating an overnight curfew. With the death toll creeping higher, Chile continued to reel from Saturday's massive magnitude 8.8 quake, one of the strongest on record. At least 723 people were killed, the government said, and many remained missing. Numerous oceanfront towns, like Lloca, Dichato and Constitucion, were devastated first by the quake and then, minutes later, by a tsunami, a kind of seismic coup de grace.
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December 15, 2009 | By Chris Kraul
An overwhelming majority of Chileans are happy with President Michelle Bachelet, grateful for the social safety net she has extended to women and the poor, and optimistic about the future. Then why did Eduardo Frei, the candidate for her ruling center-left Concertacion coalition, fare so poorly in Sunday's presidential election, finishing a distant second to right-wing billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera in the first round of voting? For all the social progress under Bachelet, who leaves office in March because she is limited to one term under the constitution, there is dissatisfaction over Chile's economy and educational system.
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December 13, 2009 | By Chris Kraul
As Chileans vote today for the first time since the death of dictator Augusto Pinochet, analysts say the expected victory of a conservative billionaire says more about voters' craving for better education and infrastructure than a return to authoritarian days. Sebastian Pinera, a Harvard-educated economist who owns a TV station, a soccer team and a chunk of the LAN-Chile airline, is projected to get the highest number of votes but probably not the 50%+1 he needs to avoid a runoff.
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December 11, 2005 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
The candidate faced the hard women of this rugged Patagonian town. They were angry about the fate of their sons and husbands, a dozen lost in recent years to drownings, suicides, street crime. The women feared a murderous conspiracy -- and blamed the government for not doing enough to get to the bottom of it. Michelle Bachelet, a product of the country's political elite in the far-off capital, listened to their pleas in a cramped church office here. She took notes and vowed to look into it.
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December 13, 2009 | By Chris Kraul
As Chileans vote today for the first time since the death of dictator Augusto Pinochet, analysts say the expected victory of a conservative billionaire says more about voters' craving for better education and infrastructure than a return to authoritarian days. Sebastian Pinera, a Harvard-educated economist who owns a TV station, a soccer team and a chunk of the LAN-Chile airline, is projected to get the highest number of votes but probably not the 50%+1 he needs to avoid a runoff.
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March 28, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
Barely more than a year in office, President Michelle Bachelet is suffering a sharp slide in voter confidence as her administration scrambles to salvage a botched public transport overhaul that has wreaked havoc in this capital. The Transantiago plan, designed to improve the city's chaotic system of buses and reduce pollution from the transit vehicles' exhaust, has instead stranded passengers, generated marathon waits and overtaxed the city subway.
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March 12, 2006 | Patrick J. McDonnell and Eva Vergara, Special to The Times
Michelle Bachelet, a lifelong socialist, former political exile and ex-prisoner of the military dictatorship, was sworn in Saturday as Chile's first female president with the luminaries of South America's new leftist leadership and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the audience. "Our strength will be the women," Bachelet, 54, told an animated, largely female crowd of thousands downtown as she made her initial address as chief of state from the ornate presidential palace, La Moneda.
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