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Chile, Post-Pinochet

Mary Helen Spooner

in The General's Slow Retreat

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520256132
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256132.003.0013
Chile, Post-Pinochet

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Michelle Bachelet was prohibited from running for a consecutive presidential term, though her approval ratings had ascended to 78 percent, according to a survey by the Centro de Estudios Públicos (CEP). The same poll ranked Bachelet as the Chilean public's best-liked political figure, with 83 percent of respondents giving her a positive evaluation. The Center-Left coalition selected former president Eduardo Frei as its candidate. The Center-Right Alianza coalition once again picked Sebastián Piñera, the Chilean billionaire and former senator who had lost the January 2006 runoff vote to Michelle Bachelet. On December 13, 2009, Chileans went to the polls and gave Sebastián Piñera 44.05 percent of the vote. Eduardo Frei received 29.6 percent, Marco Enríquez–Ominami getting 20 percent, and Jorge Arrate, 6.2 percent. As Piñera had not received an outright majority, the election went to a runoff vote two months later. On January 17, 2010, Piñera won the second round, receiving 51.61 percent to Frei's 48.39 percent.

Keywords: Chile; Michelle Bachelet; presidential candidates; presidential elections; Eduardo Frei; Sebastián Piñera

Chapter.  5257 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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