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%.
- 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