Michelle Bachelet Elected As The Next President of Chile

Michelle Bachelet has been elected as the next President of Chile after storming to victory in the presidential election run-off beating ‘Evelyn Matthei’ of the ruling-alliance. She secured over 62% votes as compared to her opponent’s 38%.

                              Michelle Bachelet Elected

Key Points:

  • She will succeed the incumbent President Sebastian Pinera in March 2014 for a four-year term.
  • She, the first female president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, was the candidate of the Socialist Party.
  • As per Chilean constitution, Presidents are prohibited from seeking immediate re-election.
  • The run-off election was conducted after she had fallen short of the mandatory absolute majority needed for an outright win in the first round.
  • Voting was not compulsory for the first time in Chile and all eligible voters were automatically enrolled.

Facts about Chile:

  • Chile is South America’s most prosperous and stable nation.
  • It is the largest exporter of copper and second largest producer of salmon in the world.
  • It leads Latin American nations in Human Development, Competitiveness, Per Capita Income, Globalization, Economic Freedom, and low perception of Corruption.
  • Area: 7.56 lac square km (approx)
  • Population: 1.75 crore (2012 estimate)
  • Capital and the largest city: Santiago
  • National language: Spanish (Chilean)
  • Government Type: Unitary presidential constitutional republic

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